Boehner elected House speaker, succeeding Pelosi

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. John Boehner has been elected speaker of the House, sealing newfound Republican power-sharing in Congress and drawing the curtain on the history-making Nancy Pelosi era at the helm.

Cheers broke out among GOP lawmakers on the House floor as Boehner, a veteran lawmaker from Ohio, defeated Pelosi in the roll call for speaker.

His rise to the helm of the House was virtually guaranteed months ago, when the midterm elections returned Republicans to control of the House four years ago.

Pelosi was the first woman to rise to the speaker's post.

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