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Historic House speaker vote: IU experts available to comment

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Republicans will continue to debate GOP leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives after Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed three times Jan. 3 to garner enough votes to become speaker of the House.

McCarthy is the first House speaker nominee in 100 years to fail to garner enough votes from his own party on the initial vote. Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries secured votes from every member of his caucus, even receiving more initial votes than McCarthy. The nomination and voting process will continue until one candidate reaches the majority threshold.

Indiana University political science experts are available to discuss the historic vote and the political implications.

For more information, contact Barbara Brosher at bbrosher@iu.edu or 812-855-1175.

Edward G. Carmines
IU Bloomington

Edward G. Carmines

Department of Political Science

Edward G. Carmines is a Distinguished Professor, Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He is also the director of IU’s Center on American Politics and the research director at IU’s Center on Representative Government. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion and political behavior. He chaired the Department of Political Science at IU for seven years, from 1990 to 1997.

Expertise

American politics, elections, public opinion, political behavior.

Marjorie Hershey
IU Bloomington

Marjorie Hershey

Political Science

Marjorie Hershey has written extensively on political parties and campaigns, including the ways in which media interpret election results. She has written four books (one in its 17th edition) and several dozen articles in professional journals. Her most recent work is on party activists and also on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency.

Expertise

Elections, political party organizations, party identification, media coverage of elections, campaign finance.

Gerald Wright
IU Bloomington

Gerald Wright

Department of Political Science

Gerald Wright is chair of the Department of Political Science and has been at IU since 1981. He has published over 50 articles and four books on parties, representation, elections and state politics. 

Expertise

American politics: public opinion, elections, state politics, legislative politics.

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