Donald Trump to endorse Jim Jordan for House speaker, GOP lawmaker says

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump will endorse Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for speaker of the House, a GOP lawmaker said Thursday evening, in what could be a significant shake up for the competitive race to determine who should succeed ousted former speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

“Just had a great conversation with President Trump about the Speaker’s race. He is endorsing Jim Jordan, and I believe Congress should listen to the leader of our party,” Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I fully support Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House.”

A handful of GOP lawmakers, mostly comprised of conservative hardliners, removed McCarthy as speaker on Tuesday, leaving the lower chamber paralyzed as House Republicans scramble to find a new leader. The House cannot conduct important business, such as passing the spending bills needed to avoid a government shutdown, without an official leader.

Nehls, a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus – a bloc of the House’s hardest-right lawmakers – previously expressed support for Trump to serve as speaker before announcing that the former president was backing Jordan.

The Constitution does not specify that a speaker has to be a member of the House. Every speaker in American history, however, has been a House lawmaker.

Jordan is currently serving as chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. The only other declared candidate in the race so far is House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La.

Trump said Thursday he would accept the speaker of the House job on a short-term basis if Republicans deadlock selecting a new one.

“They have asked me if I would consider taking the speakership until they get somebody longer-term, because I am running for president,” Trump told Fox News Digital.

Contributing: Sudiksha Kochi and David Jackson, USA TODAY

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the California GOP Fall convention on September 29, 2023 in Anaheim, California. Presidential candidates set to speak at the convention include former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, and entrepreneur, Vivek Ramaswamy. The event takes place from September 29 through October 1.

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