John Boehner will remain Speaker of the House for a third term. Despite facing challenges from Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) Boehner held onto the gavel after receiving a majority of votes. 25 Republicans voted against Boehner for not being conservative enough and of not aggressively challenging President Obama's policies and executive actions.
114th Congress Officially Opens
The 114th Congress is officially open. Vice President Joe Biden opened the Senate and administered the oath of office to re-elected members and new senators. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is the new Senate Majority Leader. McConnell said Republicans "recognize the enormity of the task before us." McConnell also wished new Minority Leader Harry Reid a speedy recovery from an exercise accident. Reid, the former Majority Leader, suffered a nasty spill while exercising over the holidays and is working from home.
Republicans regained control of the Senate after sweeping victories in November's midterm elections. Republicans hold a 54-vote majority in the 100-member Senate. Republicans grew their majority in the House and now hold 246 seats. Democrats control 188 seats.