Before Wednesday, Speaker Mike Johnson (R‑LA) was a relatively obscure member of Congress, even among some of his Democratic colleagues.
But within his conference, he was known by many as a workhorse, having chaired both a subcommittee and caucus and having been elected to a junior leadership post, all within four terms.
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As a freshman lawmaker, Johnson founded the Civility Caucus and authored the “Commitment to Civility,” in which he, along with more than 50 other freshman members, pledged to try and maintain “collegiality.”
During his second term in Congress, Johnson was elected to serve as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest ideological caucus for House Republicans, and then in his third term, he became the vice chairman of the Republican Conference.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R‑LA) speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023.
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