House re-elects Boehner as speaker over tea party opposition

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. after being re-elected to a third term during the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, is handed the gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, left, after being re-elected for a third term to lead the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is handed the gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. after being re-elected for a third term to lead the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio holds up the gavel after being re-elected to a third term during the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, greets House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The sun rises over the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, as the 114th Congress prepares to open Tuesday with Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A statue of George Washington is seen under the Rotunda of the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, which is partially covered by a billowy, protective canvas to catch any debris during a long-term repair project to fix cracks, leaks and corrosion in the cast-iron dome during renovations, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on the start of the 114th Congress. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Votes are taken for House Speaker during the opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 20145, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, watches the vote for new Speaker as members of the House of Representatives gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, for opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. Boehner, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., keeps a tally of the votes for House Speaker during the opening session of the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., challengers to House Speaker John Boehner, stand together of the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas is at right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A member of Congress is seen taking a personal tally as votes are taken for House Speaker during the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington,. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks the floor of the House Chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as members of the House of Representatives gathered for opening session of the 114th Congress. Boehner is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
Members of the House of Representatives stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control in the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, shakes hands and he walks past Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, right, as members of the House of Representatives gather for opening session of the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Boehner is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., left, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., top, greets fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Scalise, the third ranking in the House GOP leadership, has been battling a scandal over a 2002 speech to a white supremacist group in Louisiana but he has received support from both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Members of the House of Representatives, many with their families, stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as they gather for the opening session of the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, center, during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, greets House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., top left, challengers to House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, stand as the House of Representatives gathers for the opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Vice President Joe Biden, right, administers the Senate oath to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, center, during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden, center, kisses a niece of incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, on the head during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, left, holds his daughter, Andrea Elena Castro, as he stand with his brother, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro as they join other members of the House of Representatives for opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
This handout image taken from video, provided by C-SPAN2 shows Vice President Joe Biden, back to camera, administering the Senate oath for members of the 114th Congress, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. (AP Photo/C-SPAN2)
Members of the House of Representatives, many with their families, stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as they gather for the opening session of the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep.-elect Mia Love R-Utah, greets House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, before officially being sworn in as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., left, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., top, greets fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Scalise, the third ranking in the House GOP leadership, has been battling a scandal over a 2002 speech to a white supremacist group in Louisiana but he has received support from both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., top left, challengers to House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, stand as the House of Representatives gathers for the opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, center, during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden, right, administers the Senate oath to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, center, during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden, center, kisses a niece of incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, on the head during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, accompanied by his wife Sandy Cornyn, during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., left, with his wife Franni Bryson, during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes the oath of office after being re-elected to a third term during the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center front, administers the oath of office to newly elected members of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) hands Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) the speaker's gavel during the first session of the 114th Congress in the House Chambers January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Today Congress convened its first session of the 114th Congress with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Members of the House of Representatives on the GOP side raise their hands for the oath of office at the opening session of the 114th Congress, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, won a third term despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Members of the House of Representatives bow their heads during a prayer as they gather for opening session of the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as Republicans assume full control. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is greeted by members of the House of Representatives at the opening session of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner won a third term despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him as 25 Republicans voted for other candidates or voted present. They consider Boehner to be too accommodating and not conservative enough. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner(Bottom) ,R-OH, enters the House chamber after being re-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. The 114th Congress convened today with Republicans taking majority control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) is kissed by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) as he is handed the speaker's gavel during the first session of the 114th Congress in the House Chambers January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Today Congress convened its first session of the 114th Congress with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, is kissed as she hands over the gavel to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, during a swearing-in ceremony in the House of Representatives as the 114th Congress convenes on Capitol Hill January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Republican John Boehner was re-elected and sworn in Tuesday as speaker of the US House of Representatives, overcoming a surprisingly robust attempt to oust him by two dozen hardcore conservatives. Boehner received 216 of the 408 votes cast in the chamber, winning as expected over Democrat leader and former House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who received 164 votes. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, hands over the gavel to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, during a swearing-in ceremony in the House of Representatives as the 114th Congress convenes on Capitol Hill January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Republican John Boehner was re-elected and sworn in Tuesday as speaker of the US House of Representatives, overcoming a surprisingly robust attempt to oust him by two dozen hardcore conservatives. Boehner received 216 of the 408 votes cast in the chamber, winning as expected over Democrat leader and former House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who received 164 votes. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions.

The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year term leading the House.

But in an embarrassing slap, 25 Republicans voted for other candidates or voted present. They consider Boehner to be too accommodating and not conservative enough.

Their repudiation of Boehner was an awkward display of GOP schisms at a time when party leaders want to show voters that they can govern effectively. They want to show they won't be forced by tea party legislators into unwinnable, unpopular showdowns with President Barack Obama.

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