Article I, Section 2 of the
Constitution states: "The House of Representatives shall
choose their Speaker and other Officers." And when Congress
first convened in 1789, the House chose Frederick A.C.
Muhlenberg as its Speaker. The Speaker acts as leader of the
House and combines several roles: the institutional role of
presiding officer and administrative head of the House, the
partisan role of leader of the majority party in the House, and
the representative role of an elected Member of the House. The
Speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the
President. Information on the current Speaker is available at
the web site of the Speaker of the House. The Honorable Nancy
Pelosi of California is the 52nd Speaker of the House.