Selection the house elects its speaker at the beginning of a new congress ie biennially after a general election or when a speaker dies resigns or is removed from the position intra termsince 1839 the house has elected speakers by roll call vote traditionally each partys caucus or conference selects a candidate for the speakership from among its senior leaders prior to the roll call. The speaker of the united states house of representatives is the leader of the united states house of representatives the speaker is elected by the current members of the house the person with the most votes becomes speaker the current speaker is democrat nancy pelosi of california. The speaker of the house is designated by article i section 2 of the us constitution as the highest ranking member of the house of representatives the speaker of the house is second in the line of presidential succession after the vice president. Speaker of the us house of representatives member of the us house of representatives who is elected by the majority party to lead the house. 16 elected speaker on september 16 1940 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of speaker william bankhead 17 died in office november 16 1961 18 elected speaker on january 10 1962 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of speaker samuel rayburn 19 resigned as speaker of the house of representatives on june 6 1989
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