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Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives

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  • James Ferdinand Izlar (1832 - 1912)
    US Congressman. Elected to represent South Carolina's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1894 to 1895. Also served as a Member of the South Carolina State Legisl...
  • Paul Ryan
    Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is the 54th and current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representativs.. He also represents Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999. On August 11...
  • John Boehner, 61st Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
    John Boehner: Homepage John Boehner Wikipedia John Andrew Boehner (born November 17, 1949) is an American politician who served as the 53rd speaker of the United States House of Representatives f...
  • William Moore McCulloch (1901 - 1980)
    William Moore McCulloch (November 24, 1901–February 22, 1980) was a Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio. McCulloch was born near Holmesville, Ohio. He attended the Colleg...
  • John William McCormack, 53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1891 - 1980)
    John William McCormack (December 21, 1891 – November 22, 1980) was an American politician from Boston, Massachusetts. McCormack served as a member of United States House of Representatives from 1928 ...

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, or Speaker of the House, is the presiding officer of the United States House of Representatives. The office was established in 1789 by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which states in part, "The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker..." The current speaker is John Boehner, a Republican who represents Ohio's 8th congressional district. The Constitution does not require that the Speaker be an elected Member of Congress, but no non-member has ever been elected Speaker.

The Speaker is second in the United States presidential line of succession, after the Vice President and before the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. Unlike in some Westminster System parliaments, the Speaker is a leadership position in the majority party and actively works to set that party's legislative agenda, therefore endowing the office with considerable power. The Speaker does not usually personally preside over debates, instead delegating the duty to other members of Congress of the same political party.

Aside from duties relating to heading the House and the majority political party, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions, and represents his or her congressional district.


List of Speakers of the United States House of Representatives