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. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.)

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Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.)
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When I think of Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), which admittedly isn’t very often (this is not an interesting man), I don’t know what comes to mind first. The obsession with adding fetuses to the workforce, perhaps? Having somewhere between $1 million and $2.6 million in PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans forgiven amid the covid pandemic, only to rail against student loan forgiveness? His origin story of running a McDonald’s chain in his home state, prompting colleagues to dub him the “McCongressman”? Take your pick.

“I’ve spoken to every Member of the Conference over the last few weeks. We need a different type of leader who has a proven track record of success, which is why I’m running for Speaker of the House,” Hern said upon announcing his candidacy on Friday. He notably did not elaborate on what makes him, another 60+-year-old white man, a “different type of leader.”

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