In spite of the turbulent weeks ending 2012, House Speaker John Boehner – a Republican from Ohio - won the House of Representatives’ vote to keep his post as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, according to ABC. As the House opened its 113th Congress session on Thursday, the vote took place in Washington, D.C.
There was talk that others may be given his job, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor – a Republican from Virginia. But the stronghold that defended Boehner through the rough times had more than enough votes to keep Boehner in power.
Boehner’s concerns during the past few weeks that brought 2012 to a headlined-conclusion included the “fiscal cliff” talks and votes which finally ended on Jan. 2 as well as the congressman’s current actions on Hurricane Sandy relief which brought him severe criticism from the Republican’s own Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also critical of Boehner in recent days.
John Boehner, 63, represents Ohio's 8th Congressional District and has done so since 1991. Previously, he served as the House Majority Leader from 2006 to 2007 and the House Minority Leader from 2007 to 2011.