Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) issued the following statement on the election of Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA) as Speaker of the House of Representatives:

“Our country cannot be governed without a Speaker of the House, so I am relieved that Republicans have finally elected a new leader. However, I am deeply concerned by Congressman Mike Johnson’s record of election denial and attacks on reproductive rights.

“My top priority remains representing the people of Connecticut’s Fourth District. Despite our ideological differences, I will continue working to find bipartisan compromise wherever it best serves my constituents’ interests.”