The House Has a New Speaker

posted on October 25, 2023
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted on October 25 to make Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) the new Speaker of the House.

Rep. Johnson, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, will now become the 56th speaker of the House of Representatives after winning the vote 220-209 over Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).

The incoming speaker’s website notes that he is a “leading defender” of the Second Amendment, and his track record backs this up. He has been endorsed, consistently, by the NRA Political Victory Fund (PVF) since he was first elected to Congress in 2016, and the PVF noted in 2018 that “Mike [Johnson] has a proven pro-Second Amendment record and is committed to protecting our right to self-defense!”

Johnson’s speakership victory over Jeffries, who received the minority of the votes, is good news for those who cherish their Second Amendment freedom. Jeffries, as we previously reported, is no friend of this civil right.

“In Congress, Hakeem has been a leader on gun violence prevention legislation, pushing for commonsense measures like universal background checks for firearm purchases and a ban on assault weapons,” reads his campaign website, which also touts his efforts to pass a gun-control bill earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Johnson has said, “I will always fight back against any effort to unlawfully restrict our constitutional rights.”


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