U.S. Representative Mike Johnson has been elected by his fellow Republicans to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives, after three weeks of turmoil and three failed candidates.
Here are five facts about the fourth-term conservative lawmaker who is now the top Republican in Congress:
Johnson, 51, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana’s third largest city, the oldest of four siblings and the son of a firefighter who was badly burned and disabled in the line of duty.
Prior to Congress, Johnson was a lawyer who mainly worked on religious freedom issues, successfully defending Louisiana’s same sex marriage ban in 2004.
“I am a Christian, a husband, a father, a life-long conservative, constitutional law attorney and a small business owner in that order,” he told the Louisiana Baptist Message newspaper in 2016.
He was elected to the Louisiana statehouse in 2015 and ran for Congress successfully in 2016. He now represents Louisiana’s fourth congressional districts, which occupies the northwestern corner of the state and includes his hometown of Shreveport.
Johnson is a conservative who is perhaps best known for his defense of former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
As a former constitutional lawyer, he signed an amicus brief in a case that attempted to throw out Pennsylvania’s election results, and called for Trump to “keep fighting.”