(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) nominated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to replace current Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Wednesday.
Gohmert reportedly felt it was time to halt “business as usual” in Congress. His nomination of Gingrich did not receive a second and House Republicans voted to retain Boehner as speaker.
House Republicans held a closed-door meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday to elect their leaders for the new Congress, which convenes in January. Gohmert nominated Gingrich–who led the Republican-majority House that came in after the 1994 election–to serve as speaker, even though Gingrich is no longer in Congress.
The speaker of the House does not have to be a member of Congress, although a non-member has never held the post.
Asked about the nomination, a Gohmert spokesman told CNSNews.com that Rep. Gohmert felt the country could not “proceed with business as usual” and so nominated Gingrich.
“Rep. Gohmert felt like we could not proceed with business as usual with the country in trouble,” Communications Director Kimberly Willingham told CNSNews.com.