Jim Jordan presents his candidacy to be the new speaker

The Republican representative is the first to officially announce his intention to replace Kevin McCarthy as head of the House of Representatives.

Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has put himself in the race to be the next speaker of the House of Representatives. He is the first to announce his intention to replace Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted Tuesday.

"Now is the time for our Republican conference to come together to keep our promises to Americans. The problems we face are challenging, but they are not insurmountable. We can focus on the changes that improve the country and unite us in offering real solutions. But no matter what we do, we must do it together as a conference. I respectfully ask for your support for Speaker of the House of Representatives," Jordan wrote in a statement on X (formerly Twitter).

There are already two Republican representatives who have supported Jordan's candidacy. "I support Jim Jordan for speaker," wrote Thomas Massie. "We need a conservative fighter to stand up strong to the Biden White House and Democrat Senate and I can't think of anyone better than Jim Jordan," said Jim Banks.

Jordan was not one of the eight Republicans who voted to impeach McCarthy. These were Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Bob Good, Matt Rosendale, Eli Crane, Ken Buck, Tim Burchett and Nancy Mace.

In the last few hours, Donald Trump has been floated as a candidate to be the next speaker. In fact, Jordan is one of the representatives who even stated that he would support the Republican primary candidate to become the new speaker of the House:

I don't know, he'd be great but I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States...that's where we need him is at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If he wants to be speaker then that's fine too.