U.S. Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks on Wednesday claimed that she has received “credible death threats” post pulling her support from U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio in the second round of balloting to choose the next speaker of the House.
Republican Miller-Meeks, who represents the first Congressional District in southeast Iowa, voted in favour of Jordan in the first of votes of Tuesday, however, she changed sides later on Wednesday as she voted for U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, a Republican who chairs the Appropriations Committee.
“Since my vote in support of Chairwoman Granger, I have received credible death threats and a barrage of threatening calls,” stated Miller-Meeks in a statement on Wednesday. She added the concerned authorities are notified and her office is fully cooperating.
— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (@RepMMM) October 18, 2023
In all, Jordan lost 22 Republican votes in his quest to become speaker. He ended the second round of voting with 199, while House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York bagged 212 votes. Candidates require 217 votes to secure the speakership position.