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Byron Donalds: who is he? newest candidate for House speaker from the Republican side.

Republicans nominate Byron Donalds of Florida to be House speaker. It’s the first time both parties have nominated a Black American to lead the lower chamber of Congress. Democrats have nominated lawmaker Hakeem Jeffries, who is on track to become the first Black person to lead a party in Congress. Roy Moore backed Byron Donalds on Wednesday to become speaker of the House. Donalds, 44, was arrested for distributing marijuana as an 18-year-old. He will be first elected to the House in 2020 after Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) retired.