Texas rep. nominates Gingrich for Speaker

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE (R-Ohio) was nominated for another term by sometime-rival Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorSpecial interests hide behind vets on Independence Day What to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials MORE (R-Va.). BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE in turn nominated Cantor.

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The Republican conference formally then elected Boehner as its leader and Cantor as deputy by acclamation.

As GOP leader, Boehner will formally get a second term as Speaker in January. 

Under GOP rules, the Speaker does not have to be a sitting member of Congress. The Constitution is silent on the question.