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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Legislature opens on historic note amid plenty of protests

The Legislature opened its 2020 season on a historic note with Tacoma attorney Laurie Jinkins, a five-term legislator, sworn in as the first woman and first lesbian to be elected …


Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more …


Spin Control: Frank Chopp stepping down, but not away

Frank Chopp, the state’s longest-serving speaker, talked to reporters about the upcoming session and beyond.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019

House Speaker Frank Chopp will give up post after the 2019 session.


Ohio Democrat says she won’t challenge Pelosi for speaker

Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, the top potential rival to Nancy Pelosi for House speaker, dropped out of the running Tuesday, delivering a blow to efforts to topple the California Democrat.


Ryan anoints McCarthy to be his successor as House speaker

House Speaker Paul Ryan has endorsed his top lieutenant, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, to be his successor, giving a significant boost to the Californian’s candidacy in hopes of averting a divisive …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Former U.S. House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization as a way to help veterans and …


Harassment probe of Kentucky speaker could be partly secret

The secret sexual harassment settlement signed by Kentucky’s Republican House speaker could be investigated partly in secret.


Ryan tells GOP he has no intention of quitting Speaker’s job

House Speaker Paul Ryan has told fellow Republicans he has no intention to step down.


Kentucky House speaker keeps job despite harassment report

Kentucky’s Republican House speaker will keep his job for now despite a report that he settled a sexual harassment claim with one of his staff members outside of court.


GOP wins 2 more years of House control, Dem gains minimal

Republicans retained their lock on the House for two more years early Wednesday as GOP candidates triumphed in a checkerboard of districts in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere that Democrats had …


UPDATED: Tue., June 14, 2016

House Speaker Ryan unveils plan to roll back Obama-era regulations

House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday unveiled the third installment of his “agenda project,” with sweeping roll back regulations on energy and environment, labor issues and the financial services industry.


House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president.


Paul Ryan’s call to elevate political rhetoric aimed at Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s call in a speech on Wednesday for elevating the political debate to inspire and unite Republicans carried a huge, unspoken subtext: Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015

Analysis: Ryan takes speaker’s gavel, faces daunting challenges

Paul Ryan, at 45 the youngest House speaker since 1869, takes over a Republican-controlled House from John Boehner, R-Ohio, who presided over a dysfunctional chamber until a group of unhappy …


GOP nominates Paul Ryan as speaker

House Republicans have nominated Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to become the chamber’s next speaker. GOP lawmakers hope Ryan will lead them out of weeks of disarray and point them …


Paul Ryan prepares to ascend to speaker; pile of mess awaits

The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week.


Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announces candidacy for House speaker

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is officially declaring his candidacy for House speaker to replace John Boehner.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 25, 2015

McMorris Rodgers: Boehner was ‘right man at right time’

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers praised Speaker John Boehner for his leadership.


Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92

DALLAS — Former House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was …