The vote for Speaker at the start of each Congress is conducted as a live roll call, during which Members are called upon in alphabetical order to state whom they want as Speaker. Members can vote for anyone colleague, but traditionally the top Republican and Democrat are nominated and garner the support of most, if not all, of their party’s members. Rep. John Dingell (Mich.), the longest-serving House Member, might be among the Democrats who draw votes on the floor from those hesitant to back Pelosi, the aide said.
The leadership aide predicted that Pelosi would not try to discourage Members from backing another Democrat.
“I would be surprised if there was any whip operation,” the aide said. “Pelosi needs to pick her battles. This vote doesn’t really matter. She will probably just let it go and downplay it.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.