Ky.'s Massie among dissenting Republicans who voted against Boehner for Speaker

01/03/2013 06:56 PM

Kentucky 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie was among nine Republicans on Thursday who picked someone other than John Boehner to be U.S. House Speaker for the 113th Congress.

Massie, of Vanceburg, voted for U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who is perhaps best known for being removed by Republican leadership from the House budget committee for the new Congress.

Politico described Massie and the other eight dissenting as an “eclectic group of rookies and backbench conservatives who live a largely off-the-grid political existence, situated outside establishment and sometimes even mainstream conservative boundaries.”

The Politico article also mentioned that both Massie and Amash were “acolytes” of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, father of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Massie is just starting his first full term in Congress but isn’t a true rookie. He was sworn in a week after winning the November election to replace former Republican Congressman Geoff Davis, who resigned in July for family health reasons. House Republican leaders awarded Massie seats on three committees: transportation, government oversight and science and technology. Massie said in December he was pleased with those assignments given his background and the needs of the 4th District that covers Northern Kentucky.

Even with those nine and four other Republicans not making a pick in the Speaker’s race, Boehner retains the Speaker’s gavel.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or


  • Cumberland Gap wrote on January 04, 2013 10:01 AM :

    Well, good luck to Massie on getting that Northern Ky bridge spending project he told Republican leaders he really supported. This bit of cluelessness will cost Northern Kentuckians in the long run. I hope the business leaders express their disatisfaction with him in a big way or things will just get worse for them. But, they supported him so you kind of see justice being served.

  • viewer wrote on January 04, 2013 11:38 AM :

    We kentuckians elect our leaders on 3 things. Abortion, gay marriage, and keeping our ar-15’s in our trailers. If the bridges fall down, we Christains can walk on water. Keeping it real here….

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