Rep. John Boehner elected House speaker, succeeding Nancy Pelosi

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. addresses the House after giving newly elected House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio the gavel during the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. addresses the House after giving newly elected House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio the gavel during the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates the GOP's general election victory on Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates the GOP's general election victory on Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Boehner has been elected speaker of the House, sealing newfound Republican power-sharing in Congress and drawing the curtain on the history-making Nancy Pelosi era at the helm.

Cheers broke out among GOP lawmakers on the House floor as Boehner, a veteran lawmaker from Ohio, defeated Pelosi in the roll call for speaker. His rise to the helm of the House was virtually guaranteed months ago, when the midterm elections returned Republicans to control of the House, which they had surrendered to Democrats four years ago. Pelosi was the first woman to rise to the speaker's post.

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