The last few days have been chaotic in the House of Representatives but now it’s over.
Kevin McCarthy has gained the needed votes and has been elected Speaker of the House.
It finally happened on the 15th round of voting.
FOX News reports:
Kevin McCarthy elected House speaker in 15th floor vote after days of high drama
Kevin McCarthy’s difficult road to becoming House speaker ended early Saturday morning after Republicans appeared to have miscounted the number of votes they needed and left him one vote short of winning the gavel, then quickly voted one last time to give him the win – with help from some of his biggest detractors.
The 15th and final vote for House speaker gave McCarthy 216 votes, a bare majority that was lower than the normal 218 votes needed because all six of his remaining GOP opponents relented and voted “present.” Reps.-elect Andy Biggs of Arizona, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Elijah Crane of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia and Matt Rosendale of Montana voted “present” in the final round.
In the end, no Republican voted against McCarthy, which was the closest thing to GOP unity seen all week.
Taking the anti-McCarthy votes off the table capped a week in which McCarthy was able to chip away at the 20 Republicans who opposed him, thanks in large part to negotiations that will dramatically reshape the way the House is run. Some of the most conservative members of the House said they got virtually everything they wanted out of the talks and started to break for McCarthy on Friday morning.
That’s a wrap, folks.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 7, 2023
BREAKING: Kevin McCarthy elected House speaker after 15 rounds of votes as tensions boil over in standoff that tested GOP's ability to govern. He takes the gavel for new GOP majority eager to confront President Biden. https://t.co/i0r3FfVHxI
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 7, 2023
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 7, 2023
Now they can get to work.