leadership races

House Democrats Contemplate Post-Pelosi ‘Bridge’
Tim Ryan considers challenging Pelosi; members discuss idea of bridge speaker

From left, Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and House Minority Leader Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talk after a news conference in May. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Some House Democrats have begun to talk more openly about the possibility someone other than Nancy Pelosi may be their leader next year — although, for now, she is still the odds-on favorite to continue leading the caucus. 

Leadership jockeying has picked up steam in the wake of House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley’s primary loss last month. The New York Democrat had been seen by many as a potential successor to Pelosi one day.

Crowley Loss Creates Open Field for Next Generation of Democratic Leaders
Plenty of options, but who wants to — and who’s ready to — step up?

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos attend a rally in Berryville, Va., in July 2017. The event featured a wide swath of Democratic leaders from both chambers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

“Not so fast. Not so fast.”

That was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s initial response — albeit a joking one — Wednesday morning to a reporter who pointed out that “at some point” the California Democrat and her top two lieutenants will no longer be in Congress.

Ryan Beefs Up Speaker's Communications Team

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:00 p.m. | One of Paul D. Ryan’s plans for the speakership was to make up for less time spent on the road with more time spent communicating the GOP’s message. In a sign he plans to deliver on that pledge, the Wisconsin Republican announced Monday eight appointments to his communications staff.  

“This speakership is going to be about communicating a conservative vision and bold agenda for the American people, and I’m building a first-rate team to help me do the job,” Ryan said in a statement. Along with Brendan Buck, who was his communications director on Ways and Means and was already announced as chief communications adviser in the speaker’s office, the fresh crop of hires include four other staffers Ryan is bringing over from Ways and Means, three Boehner holdovers, and one former presidential campaign and Senate press aide.  

New Title, but No New Digs for Ryan

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:53 a.m. | Newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan won't be getting a new home in the District of Columbia, but he is looking into some new carpet for the speaker's office.  

The Wisconsin Republican made the rounds to all five of the Sunday morning political talk shows and informed both CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press" that he plans to continue sleeping in his office. "Look, I just work here," Ryan told NBC's Chuck Todd about his sleeping arrangements.  

Boehner: 'God Had Another Plan' for Ryan

Ryan addresses the House. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan said he took the job he didn't want, speaker of the House, out of an obligation to help unify a fractured Republican Conference.  

The Wisconsin lawmaker's immediate predecessor, John A. Boehner, said Sunday there was another compelling factor at play: God. "You have no choice, this isn't about what you want to do, this is about what God wants you to do, and God told me he wants you to do this," Boehner said he told Ryan a few weeks ago and recounted in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash that aired on the "State of the Union" program.  

Appropriator Praises Speaker 'Sonny Boy' Ryan

Lowey, D-N.Y. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans showed Thursday they were willing to give Paul D. Ryan a chance when they overwhelmingly elected him the 54th Speaker of the House.  

Democrats are also showing signs of enthusiasm for the Wisconsin Republican's promotion. Appropriations Ranking Member Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., told CQ Roll Call shortly after Ryan's swearing-in ceremony she had "enormous respect" for the incoming speaker, with whom she said she grew close following a congressional delegation trip to Saudi Arabia nearly a decade ago.  

Bigger Bucks, Better Office View Greet Paul Ryan

Nancy Pelosi and Ryan as he takes over as House speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan woke up Friday for the first time as speaker of the House. Little may feel different to him yet, but at least five things have immediately changed for the Wisconsin Republican:  

The Line: As speaker, Ryan automatically joins the presidential line of succession. He could have been first in line if he and Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, but the former vice presidential candidate will have to settle for second in line. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is first.  

Ryan Set for 'Full Ginsburg' TV Appearances

Ryan addresses the House. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will be a guest on all five Sunday political talk shows to discuss his election and plans for the House, his spokesman Brendan Buck tweeted Thursday afternoon. The Sunday programs are Fox News Sunday, CNN’s State of the Union, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week.  

Appearing on all five shows is commonly called "the full Ginsburg," in a reference to William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky's lawyer at the start of the scandal over her affair with President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg died in 2013.  

10 Anti-Boehner Republicans Who Didn't Vote for Ryan

Ryan before the speaker vote. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:24 p.m. | Call them the "Speaker No" crowd.  

Ten Republicans who did not vote for Paul D. Ryan to be the 54th speaker of the House Thursday also didn't vote to support John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, in January. Nine Republicans voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., to be speaker. Webster, the tenth Republican who did not vote for Ryan or Boehner, said he and the Wisconsin Republican had agreed not to vote for themselves.  

Critics of Leadership Warming to Paul Ryan

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of the House GOP's long-awaited vote to nominate a new speaker, persistent skeptics of Rep. Paul D. Ryan appear to be warming to him as their leader  

Many of the conference's most conservative hard-liners emerged from a speaker candidates' forum early Wednesday saying the Wisconsin Republican has begun to earn their respect as well as their confidence that he will usher in a more inclusive legislative era. "I think he's actually saying the things we were hoping he would say all along," said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., who earlier in the process was supporting Ryan's only challenger, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.