Meet the 9 Republican Speaker Candidates, Nearly All of Whom Tried to Overturn the 2020 Election

We're going on 3 weeks without a House Speaker and Republicans are now sending in all their wife guys, insurrectionists, and literal randos.


Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.)

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Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.)
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At a young, spry, 76 years of age, Bergman announced his candidacy for Speaker in a bid to liven things up a little...I presume. The Tea Party Republican won his seat in 2016 running on the same ~outsider~ image as then-Republican nominee Donald Trump, and was, indeed, such an outsider that in 2021, he claimed his wife once said to him, “Oh sure, who’s gonna vote for you? Nobody knows you.” That no-nonsense question could just as easily apply to this very Speaker race, Mrs. Bergman! Like nearly all his rivals, Bergman voted to decertify the 2020 presidential election results and, last fall, he voted against a bipartisan bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage.

“My hat is in the ring, and I feel confident I can win the votes where others could not,” Bergman said in his Friday announcement. Sure, dude.

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