WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday evening House Republicans in Washington will meet again to find a new Speaker of the House. Nine members are currently seeking the speakership, one of whom is UP Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI).
Last week, Bergman officially announced he’d be running for the position, which has been vacant for almost three weeks. Bergman picked up a handful of endorsements over the weekend from fellow Michigan Republicans.
Like the eight other candidates, Bergman will look to build additional support from his colleagues Monday evening before House Republicans hold another secret ballot vote Tuesday morning.
The plan for Republicans is to rally around the first candidate to receive a simple majority in the secret ballot. There could be multiple rounds before a nominee is declared.
Republicans said there is agreement among their conference to support whoever prevails in the secret ballot on the House floor.
However, it would not be the first time the House GOP failed to rally around their nominee. The first was Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and the second was Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Most House Republicans have expressed frustration with the inability to elect a new Speaker and are eager to get things moving as soon as possible.