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Rep. John James Among 20 House Republicans Who Voted Against Rep. Jim Jordan On First House Speaker Vote

Photos from left to right, top to bottom: Jack Gruber (first three) and Craig Hudson ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

WASHINGTON D.C., Oct. 17, 2023 ~ Republican Rep. John James (MI-10) was one of twenty GOP House members who voted against the party’s speaker nominee Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4) Tuesday afternoon, making him lose on the first vote.

Jordan, the hard-line conservative who helped create the House Freedom Caucus, fell 17 votes short of winning enough votes to become speaker, while all 212 Democrats voted for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8). James voted for Republican Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04), the only House member to do so.

The House is currently on recess. More coverage on the House speaker vote will be on 760 WJR.