Boehner elected House speaker, succeeding Pelosi

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Boehner has been elected speaker of the House, sealing newfound Republican power-sharing in Congress and drawing the curtain on the history-making Nancy Pelosi era at the helm.
Cheers broke out among Republican lawmakers on the House floor as Boehner, a veteran lawmaker, defeated Pelosi in the roll call for speaker. His rise to the helm of the House was virtually guaranteed months ago, when the elections returned Republicans to control of the House four years ago. Pelosi, a Democrat, was the first woman to rise to the speaker's post.