How has the Speakership of the House of Representative Changed Over Time?

Leadership By Kevin R. Kosar February 7, 2024
Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1789-91 and 1793-95. Source: Wikipedia.

The U.S. Constitution declares, “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers.” What the Speaker is expected to do and what powers he has are left unsaid. Hence, the Speakership today is not the same as it was a century or two centuries ago.

Professors Matthew Green and Josh Chafetz discuss the changing Speakership with the U.S. Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen in the below podcast.

Further details and a transcript of the conversation are here.


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