Former President Donald Trump recently announced his endorsement of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for speaker of the House.
Notably, Trump’s name has been floated around by numerous Republicans as a possible nominee for House Speaker.
“Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, D.C., representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District,” Trump wrote on TRUTH Social.
“Respected by all, he is now Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. As President, I had the honor of presenting Jim with our Country’s highest civilian award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom,” Trump added. “So much is learned from sports, and Jim was a master!”
“Jim has a master’s degree in Education from Ohio State University & a Law Degree from Capital University,” Trump concluded. “He is STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment. Jim, his wife, Polly, & family are outstanding – He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House, & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”
The former president’s endorsement comes in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) ouster from the speakership. Rep. Matt Gaetz filed a motion to vacate McCarthy as speaker, which was supported by all Democrats and eight Republicans in the House.
Before Trump’s endorsement, multiple House Republicans signaled they would support Jordan over House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), who recently launched his bid for House speaker.
“I am proud to support Jim Jordan as our next speaker of the House because of his leadership skills, professionalism, and the fact that he will be able to unite our conference,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) said.
.@Jim_Jordan is the obvious choice for our next Speaker of the House.
He’s our best hope for uniting the Congress, protecting our national security, and getting spending under control.
— US Rep. Mike Turner (@RepMikeTurner) October 5, 2023
Alongside Turner, Reps. Mark Green (R-TN), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Byron Donalds (R-FL), and Ronny Jackson (R-TX) have already said they would support Jordan over Scalise.
Trump was recently asked by reporters in New York whether he would be willing to serve as House speaker. The former president said his top focus is on taking back the White House in 2024, but that he will do “whatever is necessary” to select the next House Speaker, adding that if need be, he could take over the role temporarily to unite the Republican Party.