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Who’s Tom Emmer, the most recent Republican nominee for speaker?

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Home Republicans on Tuesday elected Consultant Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the No. 3 within the celebration, as their speaker nominee after 5 rounds of ballots that pointed to a precarious path ahead.

The inner celebration election got here after Republicans solid apart Consultant Jim Jordan of Ohio, the second celebration nominee for speaker, who was unable to win the vast majority of votes wanted to be elected to the highest job.

Mr. Emmer, 62, has served since January because the celebration’s whip, chargeable for counting and securing the votes to cross the speaker’s agenda. He was the highest-ranking Republican within the race, and has been endorsed by the ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

A mainstream conservative who voted to certify President Biden’s 2020 victory and supported a stopgap spending invoice final month to avert a shutdown, Mr. Emmer has pitched himself as a unity candidate. A number of hard-right conservatives, together with a handful who voted to oust Mr. McCarthy, have signaled their help for the Minnesota Republican.

However he may nonetheless face hassle securing a majority of votes on the Home flooring, the place only a small clutch of defectors may doom his election. Republicans rising from the closed-door assembly on Tuesday mentioned that an inside roll name vote confirmed that as many as 25 lawmakers mentioned they might not help Mr. Emmer.

Consultant Rick Allen of Texas instructed CNN that he couldn’t help Mr. Emmer due to his vote in 2022 in support of a bill codifying federal protections for same-sex {couples}.

And a few hard-right Trump supporters outdoors Congress have sought to dam Mr. Emmer from successful the speaker’s gavel, claiming he has been insufficiently supportive of former President Donald J. Trump.

A former faculty ice hockey participant and coach, Mr. Emmer served two phrases because the chairman of the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee.