Republican Congressman John Boehner received 220 votes and was re-elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Republicans have the majority in the House with 233 Congressional representatives. The Democrats have 200 representatives and there are 2 vacancies. Boehner needed to clear the 217 vote hurdle to avoid a second round of voting. This was the first day of the 113th Congress.
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