A historic day in Congress

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 5:20 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019
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3:02 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi takes the oath of office

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just took her oath of office and called the House to order.

"I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America's children. Go kids!" she said moments after being sworn in.

Before taking the oath, she called up her grandchildren, as well as any other children who wanted to join her.

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2:56 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi welcomes "transformative freshman class" and calls for respect for the truth

Nancy Pelosi opened her first speech as speaker of the House by calling for respect among colleagues and the truth.

"We have no illusions that our work will be easy and that all of us in this chamber will always agree, but let each of us pledge that when we disagree, we respect each other and we respect the truth," she said.

Pelosi also foreshadowed a Democratic proposal to reopen the government (It has been partially shutdown for 13 days now).

"We will debate in advance good ideas no matter where they come from, and in that spirit, Democrats will be offering the Senate Republican appropriations legislation to reopen government later today," she said.

During her speech, Pelosi thanked loved ones and friends and welcomed the "transformative freshman class."

There are a lot of historic firsts in this Congress, including a record number of women.

"When our new members take the oath, our Congress will be refreshed and our democracy will be strengthened by their optimism, idealism and patriotism of this transformative freshman class. Congratulations to all of you in the freshman class. Working together we will redeem the promise of the American dream for every family, advancing progress for every community," she said.

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2:50 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

It's official: Pelosi's name is up in the US Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s name was just put up on a sign in the US Capitol. The plaque replaces one that had former House Speaker Paul Ryan’s name on it, which has already been removed.

Someone could be seen installing the sign as Pelosi spoke on the House floor.

2:47 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

New House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduces Nancy Pelosi — and hands her the gavel

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, welcomed lawmakers to the first day of the 116th Congress before introducing newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Today marks a new chapter in this House pursuit of a more perfect union. The country knows Nancy Pelosi as an experienced leader with three decades of service in Congress, a fighter for her causes and a true trail blazer. Even when we disagree with one another completely, it is important to remember that we are bounded together in a common cause, our love for America," he said.

After speaking briefly, McCarthy handed Pelosi the gavel.

During his remarks, McCarthy went on to talk about divided government.

"When we work together, we succeed together as one nation. We're now entering a period of divided government, but that is no excuse for gridlock or inaction," he said. "We are at our best when we focus not on retribution but on building a more perfect union. But while we seek cooperation, there is one core principle upon which we will not compromise, Republicans will always choose personal freedom over government control."

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2:17 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

12 Democrats didn't vote for Pelosi. Here's how they voted.

From CNN's Ashley Killough

Nancy Pelosi was just elected speaker of the House, garnering 220 votes from her colleagues.

Twelve Democrats, however, didn't vote for her.

Here's who they voted for instead:

  • Jason Crow of Colorado and Max Rose of New York voted for Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois
  • Jared Golden of Maine, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey voted for Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois
  • Anthony Brindisi of New York voted for former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Ben McAdams of Utah voted for Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida
  • Ron Kind of Wisconsin voted for Rep. John Lewis of Georgia
  • Conor Lamb voted for Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts
  • Kathleen Rice of New York voted for Stacey Abrams, who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia.
  • Kurt Schrader of Oregon voted for Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio 
2:37 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

JUST IN: Nancy Pelosi elected House Speaker

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has officially been elected the speaker of the House.

She defeated GOP nominee Kevin McCarthy, winning 220 votes.

Pelosi previously held the title when she served as the first and so far only female House speaker from 2007 to 2011. After that, she served as the House's minority leader.

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1:54 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

McConnell asks new Democratic House if it will choose "policymaking or presidential harassment"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed the 116th Congress on Thursday, which is also the 13th day of the partial government shutdown.

"I’m glad to be welcoming back my friends and returning colleagues to what I hope will be a productive session," he said.

McConnell also spoke about the House, which switched from Republican to Democratic control today.

"We know that the Senate with a Republican majority is fertile soil for big, bipartisan accomplishments. The question is, will the newly Democratic House join in this good momentum or bring it to a standstill?" he said.

He continued: "It's a clear choice and will be clear to the American people watching all this at home. Good governance or political performance art? The public interest or political spite? Policymaking or presidential harassment?"

1:27 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

These are the Democrats who could vote against Pelosi

From CNN's Ashley Killough, Annie Grayer and Manu Raju

Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, will likely vote against Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, will likely vote against Democrat Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Nancy Pelosi — who has previously served as both House minority leader and speaker of the House — was just nominated for the speakership.

As elections get underway, we're expecting some Democrats to vote against her.

There are 431 members on the floor today, so Pelosi needs 216 votes — a majority of those present.

Among the incumbent Democrats we expect to see vote against Pelosi today: 

  • Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York (voted for Rep. Tim Ryan in 2017)
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon (a vocal critic of Pelosi)
  • Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin (voted for Rep. Jim Cooper in 2017)
  • Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee (voted for Rep. Tim Ryan in 2017)
  • Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania (previously won a special election in suburban Pittsburgh, in part, by running against Pelosi.)

It's unclear how a number of freshmen will vote. These are Democrats to keep an eye on:  

  • Jared Golden
  • Jeff Van Drew
  • Mikie Sherrill
  • Max Rose
  • Anthony Brindisi 
  • Joe Cunningham
  • Ben McAdams
  • Abigail Spanberger 
  • Jason Crow
  • Haley Stevens
  • Elissa Slotkin
12:56 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi has officially been nominated for House speaker

Rep. Hakeen Jeffries, the Democratic Caucus chair, officially nominated Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be the next speaker of the House.

Pelosi previously held the title when she served as the first and so far only female House speaker from 2007 to 2011.

"Nancy Pelosi is just getting started. In the 116th Congress, she will continue to fight hard for the people," Jeffries said.

So what happens now? Members will be called individually, in alphabetical order, to say the name of the person they are voting for.

The current number of members on the floor today is 431, and the magic number needed to win the speakership is 216 — a majority of those present.

We expect to see the vast majority of Democrats vote for Pelosi, with about 15 or so Democrats not voting for her. She can afford to lose 18 Democrats and still get to 217.

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