After weeks of wrangling, House Republicans finally succeeding in electing a new House speaker on Wednesday.
Instead of electing a high-profile candidate like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), they chose Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana. While Rep. Johnson may not bet a household name, he does have an extensive list of credentials, including:
- Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference.
- Deputy Whip for the 118th Congress.
- Former chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
- House Judiciary Committee member.
- Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government.
- Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government member.
- House Armed Services Committee member.
- Attorney defending the right to life, religious liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment and free market principles.
- Former constitutional law seminar instructor.
On the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Rep. Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) describes himself as “Christian, husband, dad serving LA's 4th Congressional District since ‘17. Vice Chairman of House Republicans. Constitutional law attorney & small biz owner.”
“Mike Johnson is a solid conservative. I wholeheartedly endorse him to be the next Speaker of the House,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell declared in a post Wednesday, prior to the vote. Afterwards, Bozell followed up by congratulating the new House speaker.
Mike Johnson is a solid conservative.— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) October 25, 2023
I wholeheartedly endorse him to be the next Speaker of the House.
Heritage Action gives Rep. Johnson a 90% lifetime score for his conservatism.
In an address on the House floor following his election, Speaker Johnson touched upon critical, conservative concerns, such as illegal immigration and the national debt – and even dared to give credit to God:
“I don’t believe there are any coincidences in a matter like this. I believe that Scripture, the Bible, is very clear that God is the one that raises up those in authority – he raised up each of you, all of us.
“And I believe that God has ordained and allowed each one of us to be brought here for this specific moment in this time. This is my belief. I believe that each one of us has a huge responsibility today: to use the gifts that God has given us to serve the extraordinary people of this great country.”