January 11, 2011
The 112th Congress began its first session Wednesday, January 5. Among the business taken care of in the House of Representatives was the election of a new Speaker of the House, Ohio representative John Boehner.
To read the blow-by-blow account of the election of Mr. Boehner, including who else was nominated, who voted for whom, and “passing the gavel” remarks by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, try a search of the Congressional Record (CR) for: boehner & da(2011). Among the results will be a document entitled “Election of Speaker.”
The article linked above also mentions another action taken by the House on its first day of the session: the modification of House rules. A document retrieved by the aforementioned search, entitled “Rules of the House,” sets out the rule changes and includes statements by several representatives for and against the changes.