Garbarino, D’Esposito, and LaLota Vote Lee Zeldin For House Speaker On Third Ballot, Joined By Molinaro

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, who lost to Gov. Kathy Hochul in New York’s 2022 gubernatorial race, received three votes for Speaker of the House in the first and second rounds of voting, and received four votes in the third. All three votes in the first two rounds came from Long Island congressmen — Reps. Anthony D’Esposito, Andrew Garbarino, and Zeldin’s successor in Congress, Nick LaLota. In the third round, they were joined by Rep. Marc Molinaro, a Republican who represents New York’s 19th congressional district.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was the Republican Party’s favorite to succeed Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker, but like McCarthy in January, fell short on the first vote count, receiving 200 votes to Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ 212.