A historic day in Congress

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

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

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

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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12:55 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

Why singer Tony Bennett is at the Capitol today

Singer Tony Bennett waits for the first session of the 116th Congress to start at the US Capitol Jan. 03, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Singer Tony Bennett waits for the first session of the 116th Congress to start at the US Capitol Jan. 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Legendary singer Tony Bennett is among several guests at the Capitol today to support Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become the next speaker of the House.

Bennett performed at a ceremony Wednesday night for Pelosi, CNN's Phil Mattingly reported.

Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Project Runway's Tim Gunn were also in the House gallery to watch Pelosi's swearing in.

If elected, Pelosi will the first person to reascend to the speakership in more than 60 years, Mattingly said.

12:45 p.m. ET, January 3, 2019

The House will vote on its new speaker soon. Here's what you need to know.

Any moment now we expect to start seeing the roll call for the speaker vote. We expect Nancy Pelosi to secure the speakership — even though some Democrats won’t vote for her.

Here's how it will work: Unlike most roll call votes, members will be called individually, in alphabetical order, to say the name of the person they are voting for, rather than vote with voting cards. 

The numbers: As of now, we're told there are two vacancies today. (One vacancy is due to the North Carolina race, and one is because Walter Jones is not here today.) 

That means 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.

However: Some of those members could very well vote “present,” which would actually help Pelosi because it would lower that majority number down from 217 even further. We won’t really know who will vote present until it happens. 

Members who don’t vote for Pelosi or don’t vote present must say another person’s name. 

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

  • Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon
  • Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin
  • Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee
  • Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania

Note: This post was updated as only 431 members showed up on the floor, so the new majority number is 216, rather than 217.