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Ohio representative John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the House on Thursday.
According to the New York Times, Boehner kept his seat with a vote of 220 to 192 against Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Boehner’s victory also had to weather disapproval from his fellow Republicans due to his earlier decision to call off a vote on a $60 billion relief package to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"Being speaker today is no bargain, I tell you," New York Republican Representative Peter King said, according to Reuters.
Boehner, 63, later agreed to vote Friday on $9 billion in aid, and for another $51 billion on Jan. 15.
Nine Republicans voted against Boehner while others in the party refused to vote.
“I think it was a vote of no confidence,” said Republican Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp, who voted against Boehner. “In this town the intimidation was intense. There were a lot of members who wanted to vote no.”
Nonetheless, Boehner is moving ahead with his new tenure as House Speaker.
“Public service was never meant to be an easy living,” he said. “Extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership.”