Oct 24, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Tom Emmer drops out of House speaker race

Rep. Tom Emmer. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) on Tuesday withdrew his candidacy for House speaker just hours after winning the GOP nomination for the role.

Why it matters: Emmer's decision brings to a stunning end the brief third chapter of the House's three-week speaker vacancy, which has paralyzed the chamber's legislative work.

The backdrop: Emmer narrowly beat conservative Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), the vice chair of the House Republican conference, in a closed-door GOP election Tuesday afternoon.

  • But a subsequent roll call vote of Republicans showed more than two dozen planned to back someone other than Emmer on the House floor.
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