Fourteen House members broke ranks as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI 01) was elected speaker Thursday, either voting for someone other than their party’s favorite or declining to vote. Nine Republicans voted for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL 10), who asked not to be nominated. Three Democrats voted for three different alternatives other than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D). And Webster and Rep. Gregory Meeks (R-NY 05) declined to vote.
The nine Republicans who supported Webster were Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA 07), Curt Clawson (R-FL 19), Louie Gohmert (R-TX 01), Paul Gosar (R-AZ 04), Walter Jones (R-NC 03), Thomas Massie (R-KY 04), Bill Posey (R-FL 08), Randy Weber (R-TX 14), and Ted Yoho (R-FL 03).
Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL 02) voted for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN 05). She also voted for Cooper in January, and promised during her campaign not to support Pelosi. Cooper, meanwhile, voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell. And Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ 09) voted for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA 05).