Thus, the pro-Trump Jordan failed to gain enough support to be elected to office twice.
In the first vote, on Tuesday, 20 of his Republican colleagues voted against him, in addition to all Democrats.
Even before voting ended on Wednesday, it was clear that Jordan would not receive enough votes to win the powerful job of Speaker of the House.
It was then found that as many as 22 Republicans voted against Jim Jordan on the second ballot.
To be appointed president, a simple majority is required. Currently, Republicans hold 222 of the 434 seats in the House of Representatives (there is one vacant).
One of Jim Jordan’s main supporters is former US President Donald Trump.
Without a speaker, the room was at a standstill. It is a big problem when certain support for Israel and an aid package for Ukraine – among other things – are planned. Within a few weeks, the House must also approve a new state budget, after the short-term solution of letting costs run their course, which in turn led to the downfall of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Currently, the work in the House is being led by Republican Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, who has been appointed speaker pro tempore. As such, McHenry cannot bring any bills to a vote, as his only job is to preside over the vote on a new president.