House Clerk Who Oversaw McCarthy’s Speaker Fight Resigns

Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson announced she will resign at the end of the month, after serving in her post since 2019.

First appointed by Nancy Pelosi, Johnson’s tenure has included two impeachment proceedings, the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, and the tumultuous weeklong Speaker vote this January.

Members of the House stood to applaud Johnson after her announcement.

The chamber’s chief legislative official’s resignation will be effective at the end of day June 30. McCarthy accepted her resignation and announced his appointment of Kevin McCumber to act and exercise the duties of the clerk. 

Johnson received praise for her leadership during the vote for Kevin McCarthy’s Speakership, as she guided proceedings, including doing the time-consuming and repetitive work of calling on lawmakers to make nomination speeches and cast their votes — and announcing the results. She also had to remind members to maintain decorum, and “from engaging in personalities toward other members-elect,” remarks that were met with a massive round of applause.

The Hill, NPR

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