19 Democrats Vote Against Nancy Pelosi For Minority Leader
Despite broad party support for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to continue on as Speaker of the House Wednesday -- a quest that she lost to John Boehner -- 19 Democrats objected, casting votes for other candidates.
Shuler voted for himself, as expected.
Other Democrats received protest votes, as well, including Reps. Dennis Cardoza (Calif.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), John Lewis (Ga.), Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)., and the newly elected Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.).
Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.) chose to vote "present," while Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.), a noted Pelosi dissenter, missed the vote entirely.
The Associated Press explains the process:
Under House rules, each party puts up a candidate to be the next speaker. All 241 in the new Republican majority voted for Boehner on Wednesday, except for Boehner himself, who did not vote, while 173 Democrats backed Pelosi.
The full list, via The Hill, appears below:
Rep. Jason Altmire (Pa.) - Shuler
Rep. John Barrow (Ga.) - Lewis
Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.) - present
Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.) - Shuler
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (Calif.) - Costa
Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.) - Cardoza
Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) - Shuler
Rep. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) - Shuler
Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) - did not vote
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.) - Lewis
Rep. Tim Holden (Pa.) - Shuler
Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) - Cooper
Rep. Larry Kissell (N.C.) - Shuler
Rep. Dan Lipinsi (Ill.) - Kaptur
Rep. Mike McIntyre (N.C.) - Shuler
Rep. Jim Matheson (N.C.) - Shuler
Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine) - Shuler
Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.) - Shuler
Rep. Kurt Schraeder (Ore.) - Hoyer
Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C..) - Shuler