House Speaker Nomination: The Inside Story
In a recent House speaker nomination, Republican Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia gracefully conceded defeat to Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who secured the GOP’s nomination with a 124-81 vote last Friday.
Following the announcement, Scott shared his decision with CNN, stating, “We had the vote; Jim Jordan won the vote. The party should unite behind the person who wins the vote.” In a Twitter post earlier that day, Scott had expressed his intention to lead the House in the best interest of the American people, emphasizing the need for effective legislation in Washington.
Scott, an ally of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, candidly admitted that his decision to enter the race was unexpected, revealing, “When I woke up this morning, I had no intentions of doing this.” Despite this, he had prepared himself to be nominated by Rep. Frank Lucas during the GOP conference meeting.
Expressing his frustration with the current state of affairs within the Republican party, Scott voiced concerns about internal divisions. He criticized the party’s inability to elect a new speaker, stating, “We’ve got a very small group of people that they have to have everything their way. We had a group that sabotaged Speaker McCarthy and now we’ve had a group that sabotaged Steve Scalise, both of them great people.”
The race for the speakership became necessary after McCarthy’s removal from the role earlier this month, and Scalise’s subsequent withdrawal from the race. House Republicans ultimately chose Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, as their speaker nominee. However, it remains uncertain whether Jordan can garner enough support to secure the gavel in a full House vote.
Scott, a staunch supporter of McCarthy, had criticized fellow Republicans who voted to remove the former speaker. He expressed concerns about their impact on the party’s unity, stating, “The eight Republicans who supported Joe Biden and the Democrats’ desire to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker are nothing more than grifters who have handed control of the House to the Democratic Party in the name of their own glory and fundraising.”
Scott’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, and he boasts 20 years of experience in owning and operating an insurance brokerage firm. His political journey began in 1997 when he served in the Georgia House of Representatives until his election to Congress in 2011. Currently representing Georgia’s 8th Congressional District, Scott actively serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Agriculture Committee.