Texas rep. nominates Gingrich for Speaker

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE (R-Ohio) was nominated for another term by sometime-rival Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington GOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' MORE (R-Va.). BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush 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.