For the second session in a row, Rep. Conor Lamb voted someone other than Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker.
He was the only member of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation not to support their respective party’s candidate for Speaker.
Instead Lamb (D-Allegheny) voted for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a colleague seen as having a bright future in House leadership. In 2019, Lamb voted for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy III. In both cases, he was one of just a handful of Pelosi defectors.
His vote was watched closely thanks to a signature campaign promise during his 2018 special election bid. He ran ads touting his opposition to Pelosi throughout the campaign.
Due to GOP success in the 2020 election, Pelosi’s margin of victory was slimmer than last session. Ultimately she earned 216 votes, while 209 Republicans backed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Pelosi even flipped several Democrats who didn’t support her previous bid. According to Politico, Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Ron Kind (D-WI), Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Jason Crow (D-CO) all backed her 2021 bid after voting against her during the previous session of Congress.
Lamb’s victory was the closest reelection bid in the state during the 2020 election. He secured his second full term in Congress by defeating GOP challenger Sean Parnell by just over 2 points in the 17th Congressional District.