Today John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the House despite criticism by fellow Republicans including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over voting for an aid package for Hurricane Sandy recovery and criticisms within his own caucus over the fiscal cliff deal.
Boehner was re-elected with 220 votes of the 426 that were cast. Ten members of his own party voted for someone else for Speaker during the roll call vote. And Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi received 192 votes. One of the reasons why Boehner remains Speaker despite discord within the House Republicans is that a formidable challenger did not emerge.
In terms of diversity in the new Congress, African Americans comprise ten percent of the 113th Congress. Additionally, a record number of Latino lawmakers were sworn in today including one new member of the Senate, Ted Cruz of Texas. The incoming Congressional class includes 12 Asian Americans.