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Major Leadership Election Contests in the
House of Representatives,
94th - 109th Congresses
This report contains data on votes for Speaker of the House and elections in
party conferences or caucuses for major leaders within each party from the 94th
through 109th Congresses. It reflects actual balloting on the House floor for Speakers
and in the Democratic Caucus and Republican Conference for other positions. Table
1 identifies the votes for Speaker. Tables 2-14 provide the names and states of the
candidates for each of the major party offices, the Congress(es) in which they ran,
and the votes they received. Also noted are Members elected with no opposition.
Although most caucus or conference balloting for leadership positions took place
prior to the convening of a new Congress, in some cases leadership elections were
held to fill vacancies during a Congress.
The 14 tables herein provide data on the individuals receiving votes for Speaker
and the party elections for the following positions:
" House Democratic Floor Leader,
" House Republican Floor Leader,
" House Democratic Whip,
" House Republican Whip,
" House Democratic Caucus Chairman,
" House Republican Conference Chairman,
" House Democratic Caucus Secretaries/Vice Chairman,
" House Republican Conference Vice Chairman,
" House Republican Conference Secretary,
" House Republican Policy Committee Chairman,
" House Republican Research Committee Chairman,
" House National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman,
" House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman.
Since 1974, there have been no formal contests within either party for the
election of the Speaker of the House. Where there were contested races for other
positions, most were decided after one ballot. In a few races, two ballots were
needed. Three ballots were necessary before a Democratic floor leader was elected
for the 95th Congress, and before a Republican leader was elected for the 106th
The data do not include notices of announced candidacies that were abandoned
before caucus or conference voting took place.
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