We have a Speaker: Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana
“Congratulations to Rep Mike Johnson. He will be a great ‘SPEAKER.’ MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” President Donald J. Trump
Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana, a staunch conservative figure in American politics, was elected as the 56th Speaker of the House on October 25, 2023, following the ouster of Kevin McCarthy from the speakership. He is the first speaker to have been elected from Louisiana, and the shortest-tenured representative to be elected Speaker since John G. Carlisle in 1883. He has demonstrated his conservatism through his voting record, earning a lifetime rating of 92% from the American Conservative Union and 90% from Heritage Action.
Johnson is an ally of the House Freedom Caucus, known for its conservative views. Representative Andy Biggs proposed Johnson as a possible compromise candidate for Speaker of the House after members of the House Freedom Caucus opposed McCarthy’s bid for the speakership. He is also closely associated with Jim Jordan, a prominent figure in the Freedom Caucus.
Rep. Mike Johnson’s support for former President Donald Trump was unwavering, particularly during the impeachment trials. During both impeachment trials, Johnson served on Trump’s legal defense team, faithfully defending the actions of the former president. This move demonstrated Johnson’s alignment with Trump’s policies and America First and Make America Great Again (MAGA) ideologies, further cementing his standing as a Trump ally.
Trump lent support to Johnson in the speaker’s race, highlighting Johnson’s strong ties to the former president.
Regarding funding, Johnson’s campaign contributions predominantly come from grassroots supporters in his district. This is markedly different from many other politicians who rely on large donations from K Street, the hub of lobbying in Washington, D.C. Johnson’s grassroots funding is a testament to his connection with his constituents and his commitment to representing their interests.
Johnson’s election as Speaker of the House has caused quite a stir in Washington D.C., notably among those K Street lobbyists. His solid conservative stance and alignment with Trump’s policies have created a sense of unease among those who oppose these ideologies. This reaction clearly indicates the significant impact Johnson’s election is expected to have on the political landscape.
Johnson has a notable voting record against all Ukraine spending after the initial bill. He supports ending American military aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia. This stance has earned him an F rating from “Republicans for Ukraine.”
In terms of the 2020 election, Johnson was among 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election results, a clear objection to certifying them, and declaring it as an election fraud.
Johnson has also shown his willingness to challenge the political establishment. For instance, he called for the arrest of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House at the time, after she tore up the State of the Union.
Rep. Mike Johnson’s unyielding support for Trump, his grassroots funding, and the ripple effects of his election as Speaker of the House underscores his significant role in current American politics. His actions and policies have shown that he is a staunch conservative, committed to upholding the principles in which he believes.
Indeed, Representative Mike Johnson is a figure who embodies the principles of the America First and MAGA ideologies. His conservative voting record, legal defense of Trump, objection to carte blanche checks for Ukraine, and willingness to challenge the political establishment make him a prominent figure in the push to “take back our House.”