Now that Rep. Jim Jordan has been dropped by the GOP as the next House speaker after failing to get enough votes after three rounds of voting, Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida has officially announced he’s running for House Speaker.
Donalds took to X and wrote and sttament that read “Tonight, I’m announcing my candidacy for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
He continued “My sole focus will be securing our border, funding our government responsibly, advancing a conservative vision for the House of Representatives and the American people, and expanding our Republican majority.”
Take a look:
Tonight, I am announcing my candidacy for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. pic.twitter.com/1wSwQYqoX2
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) October 20, 2023
Byron Donalds is entering the House race for Speaker.
I checked his voting record, and he has a solid history of ‘NO’s’ for ukraine aid.
THAT issue is a big factor with me.
How do you feel about a Speaker Donalds? pic.twitter.com/MQvVYbhCRW
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) October 20, 2023
Check out what Florida Phoenix reported:
With Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan failing on his third attempt to become the next U.S. House speaker on Friday, the race is wide open and Southwest Florida Rep. Byron Donalds has become a confirmed candidate for the position.
At least three members of the Florida GOP congressional delegation say that they are backing him for speaker.
“I supported @Jim Jordan as our next Speaker,” wrote Central Florida Republican Cory Mills on X. “Unfortunately my votes for him on the floor and in conference to remain Speaker designate was not enough. I now support @ByronDonalds for the next Speaker of the House.”
South Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart — who had voted for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in protest this week — also says that he is now with Team Donalds.
“@ByronDonalds is an honorable leader and respected by the entire conference,” he wrote on X. “That is why it is a privilege to endorse Byron for speaker.”
And Sarasota County’s Vern Buchanan voted for Donalds on both the second and third ballots on Thursday and Friday.
Tonight, I’m announcing my candidacy for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. https://t.co/9DDna5cAC9
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) October 20, 2023
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) announced his bid for the House speakership on Friday after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) was dropped as the Republican nominee.
In a statement, Donalds announced:
Tonight, I am announcing my candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. My sole focus will be securing our border, funding our government responsibly, advancing a conservative vision for the House of Representatives and the American people, and expanding our Republican majority.
As a member of this conference, I’ve seen firsthand the devotion of my colleagues to improving the lives of their constituents and the future of America. We come from different walks of life but share the common pursuit of a more perfect union. As speaker, every voice in our conference will have a seat at the table to ensure our unity and consensus on the legislative battles we face.
Under my leadership, the House will lead the charge to advance a simple objective: put the American people first, keep them safe, and make their lives easier. Titles aren’t given. They’re earned. I look forward to securing the votes of a majority of my Republican colleagues to become the first African-American speaker, the first speaker from the great state of Florida, and the next speaker of the 118th Congress.