Texas rep. nominates Gingrich for Speaker

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE (R-Ohio) was nominated for another term by sometime-rival Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRace for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies MORE (R-Va.). BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 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.