Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, retained his post as Speaker of the House by winning 220 votes on the first ballot when the 133th Congress voted for leadership.
There was speculation that Boehner could face a challenge on the second ballot if he did not win a majority on the first ballot. Several conservatives conservative lawmakers — including Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., and Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who lost committee posts in the new Congress — tried to force a second ballot, but failed.
Nine Republicans voted against Boehner, per National Review’s Robert Costa, including three votes for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Cantor was rumored as a possible rival on the second ballot, but he voted for Boehner on the first ballot.
“It is an honor to serve with Speaker Boehner,” Cantor tweeted after the vote. “I look forward to continue working with my friend to help all Americans.”