Freshman Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster Schiff becomes key Democrat in battle with Trump Centrist Democrats urge caution over impeachment inquiry MORE's (D-N.J.) first vote for Speaker was changed to "present" after the chair ruled he couldn't vote "no" on the floor on Thursday.

Van Drew was one of the 15 Democrats who opted not to support Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia MORE (D-Calif.) for the most powerful position in the House.


While most members traditionally vote for a person, Van Drew took an unprecedented route, shouting "no" during the roll call vote.

The New Jersey Democrat had vowed to buck his party and vote against Pelosi during his House campaign.

After making a number of deals with potential detractors, Pelosi ultimately secured the Speaker's gavel, bringing in 220 votes from within her caucus.

The California Democrat made history, becoming the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House twice.