(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement regarding this afternoon’s election for Speaker of the House of Representatives:  

“This afternoon, several Members of the Republican Conference voted for me to be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. I am humbled by their confidence in me as a leader who would articulate and execute a principled agenda at such a critical time for our party, system of government and nation. 

“To be sure, my candidacy and vote was not a vote against personalities, policies or even John Boehner.  It was a vote for initiating a process that I know can produce sound public policy for the people who sent us to Washington on their behalf. 

“As I have shared with the leadership team, I will continue to advocate for a more open, Member-driven and productive process, one that places principle above power.  The process by which we have come to legislate as elected representatives of the people has become flawed, and a flawed process will always produce a flawed product. 

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Speaker Boehner on his re-election as Speaker of the House.  He is a personal friend who I have come to know and admire during my tenure in the House and I pledge to work alongside him.  With leadership elections behind us, and a willing partner in the Senate, our conference is united in reforming the way Washington works, opening up our government and advancing pro-growth, principled solutions.”

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Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-10) is a family man and small business owner who is dedicated to serving Central Floridians in the U.S. House of Representatives with honor and integrity. Webster previously served Central Florida as the Speaker of the Florida House (’96-’98) and Majority Leader of the Florida Senate (’06-’08). His business, Webster Air-Conditioning and Heating, was started in 1962 by his parents, Dennis and Mildred Webster, and has been passed down through three generations spanning more than 50 years.