Reps. LaHood, Miller split on House Speaker votes, Sorensen boasts of Democratic unity

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood(WGEM)
Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 8:49 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (25 News Now) - Two area Republicans from Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives are at odds over who should lead the chamber.

After three roll call votes, Kevin McCarthy failed to win the needed 218 votes to become Speaker of the House, and a newly elected Democratic House member representing parts of Central Illinois said he is “stunned” by what unfolded in the House on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) voted three times to elect McCarthy to the Speaker’s post, while U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Oakland) voted three times for Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan even though Jordan said he’s backing McCarthy.

Mary Miller and Mike Bost
Mary Miller and Mike Bost(KMOV)

The other Republican from Illinois in the House, Rep. Mike Boss (R-Murphysboro) favored McCarthy during each of the three roll call votes.

House Republicans hope to regroup on Wednesday to select their leader.

Meantime, U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen (D-Moline), who represents parts of Central Illinois, said the GOP majority “plunged into utter chaos.”

“The GOP is in complete disarray headed into 2023, and it’s a concerning sign for what Republican control of the House will look like: More chaos, discord, and gridlock,” said Sorensen in an email asking for political donations.

U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen
U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen(WGEM)

Sorensen said Democrats are solidly behind U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) to lead the caucus.