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Speaker of the House John Boehner Resigns – Who Will Replace Him?

by Allen Love

 Although the John Boehner, Speaker of the House, had originally planned to leave his office towards the end of the year, events have taken place to the point where he is accelerating his departure from our government. However is the departure of the Speaker that big of a deal, and what exactly does the Speaker of the House actually do in our government?

The role of the Speaker of the House is to “serve as the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Speaker fulfills several roles, including representing constituents as a Member of Congress, acting as administrative head of the House, and serving as leader of the majority political party in the House. The Speaker is second in the U.S. presidential line of succession after the vice president, but no Speaker has ever acted as president.”(dummies.com)

The Speaker of the House has a very important job as the leader of the house and is also second in line for presidency, who happens to take a lot of roles as well. Now the real question is how big of an impact has this man created?

Junior Daniel Main said, “I feel like it has a positive benefit because I see it as a time for some new ideas within our government, and I think John Boehner has nothing left to offer.

Senior Noah Stitlely said,  “I feel like the person who is replacing John Boehner is similar enough that not much will change.”

Junior Jacob Keith said, “I thought it does not matter in the long run because we will have a new political leader that will be of equal status, replacement of similar party status, and any major changes will be attributed to the incoming president.”

Although he is leaving earlier than scheduled, he is not creating that big of an impact because the next person in line is very similar to that of  John Boehner.