02-03-2006

06NR03 - House Republican Party elects new majority leader

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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
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February 3, 2006

#06NR03 - House Republican Party elects new majority leader

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports the US House Republican Party has elected a new majority leader. In a stunning second ballot upset, Education and the Workforce Chairman John Boehner defeated House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the race for majority leader today by a 122-109 vote. Boehner succeeds Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) in the position returning to the leadership team following an eight-year absence.

Blunt led the first ballot with 110 votes, with 79 for Boehner and 40 for Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ). Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) received two write-in votes in the first count. Conference rules knock the lowest vote-getter off the ballot; however Shadegg withdrew from the race with unanimous consent, leaving Blunt and Boehner battling head to head.

It was a dramatic defeat for Blunt who has served in the top leadership spot since Tom DeLay was forced to step down during his ongoing legal battle in Texas. Since January 14th of this year Blunt has claimed he has had more than the 117 votes needed to win the contest. He had staked his ability as a vote-counter on the election. Nevertheless all is not lost for Blunt, who will retain his seat at the leadership table as whip, albeit in the awkward position of serving under the member who defeated him for the leadership post.

Representative Boehner has benefited motorcyclists across the country with his support of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) loophole repair from the beginning. MRF Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Hennie said, “The MRF looks forward to working with Majority Leader Boehner in his new leadership position and in his continuing role as Representative of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District.”

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation neither endorsed nor opposed any candidate for the Majority Leader’s position.

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