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Rep. Rod Blum strays from the pack in 1st vote

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In his first vote, freshman Republican Congressman Rod Blum voted against re-electing John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

In a statement, Blum said, "I was elected by Iowans to stand up to the status quo in Washington, DC, and I refuse to turn my back on them with my first vote. While I know Speaker Boehner is a good man and I respect the job he has done as Speaker, I must follow the will of the Eastern Iowans who rejected politics as usual in November and are calling for change in DC. With Congressional approval ratings at historic lows, it's time for our elected officials to listen to the people and rethink business as usual so we can move our country forward together.”

In addition to Blum, 24 other Republicans including Rep. Steve King voted for other candidates or simply voted present.

Boehner still received 216 votes, and was re-elected as House Speaker.

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