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Donnelly’s Statement on Speaker Vote for 112th Congress

January 5, 2011

01/06/11 Thursday, Congressman Joe Donnelly issued the following statement after voting in the House’s election of a new Speaker for the 112th Congress.

“This afternoon, I cast my vote for Representative Heath Shuler of North Carolina for Speaker of the House in the 112th Congress,” said Donnelly.  “I supported my friend Congressman Shuler over former Speaker Nancy Pelosi during our party’s leadership elections in November citing a need for new leadership.  This need remains the same.  What the voters told us in the 2010 election was that they wanted a change.  And I believe a moderate approach with a dedication to working across the aisle, something I know is important to both me and Congressman Shuler, is the best way forward.”