Oct 4, 2023 - Politics & Policy

The shortest serving House speakers in U.S. history

Speakers of the House with shortest service
Data: U.S. House of Representatives; Chart: Axios Visuals

The House's ousting of Kevin McCarthy from the speakership on Tuesday put the California Republican in historic company.

Why it matters: McCarthy's 270-day tenure in the leadership role is the third shortest in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • McCarthy's was also the shortest speakership in well over a century.

The big picture: The shortest tenured speaker was Theodore Pomeroy, who served in the role for a single day, on the last day of the 40th Congress in 1869.

Zoom out: McCarthy's predecessor — Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — served 2,918 days as speaker.

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