Who is Mike Johnson, new Speaker of the House? : Consider This from NPR After three weeks of congressional paralysis, House Republicans have elected a new Speaker of the House: Mike Johnson of Louisiana.

There's a pretty good chance you've never heard of him. He's kept a low profile since he was first elected in 2016.

Here's what you should know: He's a conservative lawyer who opposes abortion and same sex marriage — and played a major role in attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Johnson is one of Trump's biggest supporters in Congress. Now he's House speaker. What does that tell us about how he'll lead the house — and work with the current president, whose election he tried to overturn?

Email us at considerthis@npr.org

Who is Mike Johnson, new Speaker of the House?

Who is Mike Johnson, new Speaker of the House?

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Newly elected U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R) (R-LA) receives the Speaker's gavel from Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (L) (D-NY) after the House of Representatives held an election in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Newly elected U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R) (R-LA) receives the Speaker's gavel from Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (L) (D-NY) after the House of Representatives held an election in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, DC.

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After three weeks of congressional paralysis, House Republicans have elected a new Speaker of the House: Mike Johnson of Louisiana.

There's a pretty good chance you've never heard of him. He's kept a low profile since he was first elected in 2016.

Here's what you should know: He's a conservative lawyer who opposes abortion and same sex marriage — and played a major role in attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Johnson is one of Trump's biggest supporters in Congress. Now he's House speaker. What does that tell us about how he'll lead the house — and work with the current president, whose election he tried to overturn?

Email us at considerthis@npr.org

This episode was produced by Michael Levitt and Lauren Hodges. It was edited by Kelsey Snell, Tinbete Ermyas and Adam Raney. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.