Boehner elected House Speaker, replaces Pelosi

WASHINGTON Wed Jan 5, 2011 2:24pm EST

1 of 10. Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hands the speaker's gavel to incoming House Speaker John Boehner after Boehner was elected Speaker on the opening day of the 112th United States Congress on Capitol Hill, January 5, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican John Boehner was elected on Wednesday as speaker of the House of Representatives, replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

Boehner was chosen in a vote by the full 435-member House, shortly after the Republican-led chamber convened, ending four years of Democratic rule.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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