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Speaker of the House of Representatives

 
 
gollum
 
Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2015 06:13 pm
Has anyone ever been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives who was not a sitting U.S. Representative?
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2015 06:26 pm
@gollum,
You have to be a member of the House to even be considered.
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2015 08:43 pm
@glitterbag,
That's incorrect.
I literally just heard on radio (NPR) that is NOT true.
According to Wikipedia:
"The Constitution does not require that the Speaker be an elected House Representative, though all Speakers have been an elected Member of Congress"
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gollum
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 06:22 am
@glitterbag,
glitterbag-

Thank you.

The Constitution of the United States

Article I. - The Legislative Branch

Section 2 - The House
The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 06:24 am
@gollum,
But that wasn't your question (who appoints The Speaker), was it?

The answer to your question is:
According to Wikipedia:
"The Constitution does not require that the Speaker be an elected House Representative, though all Speakers have been an elected Member of Congress"
gollum
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 06:44 am
@Ragman,
Ragman-

Thank you.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 07:36 am
@Ragman,
I can't imagine taking this job... it is probably the worst job in America right now. No matter what the next Speaker does, he will be attacked and hated by more than half of his or her colleagues and the public.

Anyway I am holding out for the next Supreme Court associate justice position. At least that job comes with tenure and I can wear a cool black robe.

Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 07:57 am
@maxdancona,
They don't wear any pants!
glitterbag
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 03:08 pm
@Ragman,
Yeah, they are deluded and think they are wearing kilts. I hear Ruth Bader Ginsberg plays the bagpipes for the other Supremes during the daily cocktail hour. Justice Roberts occasionally breaks into dance.
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