Boehner re-elected as House speaker

David Lightman

John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Thursday with 220 votes, just a few more than he needed.

The Ohio Republican began his second term as speaker by warning of the "anchor of debt" hanging over the nation.

And he urged the House to be humble, remembering that "We're standing here not to be something, but do something."

There had been some thought that conservatives might challenge Boehner, but in the end, no serious opponent emerged. Democrats voted for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but no Republican other than Boehner got more than three votes.

David Lightman
McClatchy Newspapers