But some Texas Republicans voted against him
John Boehner retained his role as Speaker of the House, but some Texas Republicans failed to vote for him as he sought his second term.
Overall, 220 of the 234 House Republicans voted to keep Boehner as Speaker. Kevin Brady of the Woodlands was one of those and he told Matt Patrick on the 9-5-0 why he voted that way.
“The reason he got elected again is because he is ultimately fair. Whether you are way off the reservation on where he’s at, or whether you’re with him he is ultimately fair,” Brady said.
Brady told Patrick that some people don’t understand how tough of a job Boehner actually has.
“His challenge has been to unify this conference. Right now the Democrats are completely unified and we are all over the map,” Brady explained.
But while Brady was willing to give Boehner another chance, some Texas Republicans did not support the incumbent, like Louis Gohmert.
“It’s time for change. It’s time for something different. I just couldn’t vote for business as usual, Gohmert told FOX News.
Gohmert says he is taking a stand.
“We cannot be about business as usual. That’s what my vote was. It was a statement,” he explained.
Steve Stockman from the new Congressional District 36 in Texas also voted against the Speaker. But there were not enough votes against him to force a second vote.