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Leadership

Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives

The chief parliamentary officer of the House, the Speaker is chosen by the full membership at the start of each new Congress. The Speaker is next in the line of Presidential succession after the Vice President.

  • Henry Clay (born 1777, died 1852)

    American statesman. Served as a U.S. senator and representative from Kentucky; ran for President in 1932 and 1944.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1811-14, 1815-20, 1822-24
  • James Knox Polk (born 1795, died 1849)

    Eleventh President of the U.S.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1835-39
  • James G. Blaine

    U.S. Representative from Maine.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1869-75
  • Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg

    U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-91, 1793-95
  • Jonathan Trumbull

    U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1791-93
  • Jonathan Dayton

    U.S. Representative from New Jersey.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1795-97
  • George Dent

    U.S. Representative from Maryland.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1797-99
  • Theodore Sedgwick

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1799-1801
  • Nathaniel Macon

    U.S. Representative from North Carolina.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1801-07
  • Joseph B. Varnum

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1807-11
  • John W. Taylor

    U.S. Representative from New York.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1820-21, 1825-27
  • Philip Barbour

    U.S. Representative from Virginia.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1821-23
  • Andrew Stevenson

    U.S. Representative from Virginia.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1827-34
  • John Bell

    U.S. Representative from Tennessee.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1834-35
  • Robert M.T. Hunter

    U.S. Representative from Virginia.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1839-41
  • John White

    U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1841-43
  • John W. Jones

    U.S. Representative from Virginia.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1843-45
  • John W. Davis

    U.S. Representative from Indiana.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1845-47
  • Robert Winthrop

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1847-49
  • Howell Cobb

    U.S. Representative from Georgia.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1849-51
  • Linn Boyd

    U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1851-55
  • Nathaniel Banks

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1855-57
  • James L. Orr

    U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1857-59
  • William Pennington

    U.S. Representative from New Jersey.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1859-61
  • Galusha A. Grow
    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1861-63
  • Schuyler Colfax (born 1823, died 1885)

    American politician. U.S. Representative from Indiana; vice president under Grant, 1869-73.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1863-69
  • Michael C. Kerr

    U.S. Representative from Indiana.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1875-76
  • Samuel J. Randall

    U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1876-81
  • J. Warren Keifer

    U.S. Representative from Ohio.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1881-83
  • John G. Carlisle

    U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1883-89
  • Thomas B. Reed

    U.S. Representative from Maine.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1889-91, 1895-99
  • Charles F. Crisp

    U.S. Representative from Georgia.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1891-95
  • David B. Henderson

    U.S. Representative from Iowa.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1899-1903
  • Joseph G. Cannon

    U.S. Representative from Illinois.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1903-11
  • James ''Champ'' Clark

    U.S. Representative from Missouri.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1911-19
  • Frederick H. Gillett

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1919-25
  • Nicholas Longworth

    U.S. Representative from Ohio.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1925-31
  • John N. Garner

    U.S. Representative from Texas.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1931-33
  • Henry T. Rainey

    U.S. Representative from Illinois.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1933-34
  • Joseph W. Byrns

    U.S. Representative from Tennessee.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1935-36
  • William B. Bankhead

    U.S. Representative from Alabama.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1936-39
  • Sam Rayburn

    U.S. Representative from Texas.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1940-46, 1949-52, 1955-61
  • Joseph W. Martin, Jr.

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-49, 1953-54
  • John W. McCormack

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1962-71
  • Carl B. Albert

    U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-76
  • Thomas P. ''Tip'' O'Neill, Jr.

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1977-87
  • James C. Wright, Jr.

    U.S. Representative from Texas.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-89
  • Thomas Foley

    U.S. Representative from Washington.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-95
  • Newt Gingrich (born 1943)

    American legislator.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-1998
  • Langdon Cheves

    U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1814-15
  • Dennis Hastert (born 1942)

    Republican, Illinois, 14th District

    • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-

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