Speaker of the House Fred Upton

John Boehner is the Speaker of the House.  He was elected to that post by the Republicans who won a majority of House seats in the 2010 elections.  Now that the House has remained in Republican control, most people expect Boehner to retain the speakership.  But there’s a special opportunity this time around for something different to happen.

The Democrats have gained about eight seats in the recent elections and now they are only 17 votes short of a majority in the House.  If 17 moderate Republicans can be persuaded to vote with the Democrats to elect a moderate Speaker, that would change how Washington works over the next two years.

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