Quick: Can you name the one Republican who has run for House speaker twice this year?


Answer: Florida Representative Daniel Webster, an unassuming lawmaker with a rather moderate record who has emerged nonetheless as the darling of the House conservatives who pushed Boehner out of office.

Mr. Webster’s call for a more open legislative process that would make it easier for rank-and-file lawmakers to put bills and amendments on the House floor is precisely the sort of change sought by the conservatives who pushed for the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, who will depart at the end of the month.


Webster, who was Florida House Speaker from 1996-98, believes a new approach is in order if the Republican Party is going to save itself from the internecine fighting that is tearing at its core.


Republican members cited reluctance to support this map — the third version of congressional lines drawn since the 2010 census — but expressed a feeling that their hands had been tied by the Supreme Court.



District 10, currently held by U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, would see an influx of registered Democrats under the proposed redistricting plan.