Speaker of the House of Representatives (Austenasia)
|Speaker of the House of Representatives|
Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford
since 24 August 2022
|Style||The Right Honourable (Formal)|
Mr./Mme. Speaker (Informal and within the House)
|Member of||House of Representatives|
|Appointer||House of Representatives|
|Term length||Between six months and five years; re-elected after each local election|
|Inaugural holder||Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge|
|Formation||22 October 2014|
The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the member of the House of Representatives of the Empire of Austenasia who presides over the sessions of the House. The Speaker is elected by a majority vote of the House of Representatives after each local election, and is referred to as "The Right Honourable" if they do not have a higher style. They serve as an ex officio Senator while in office.
The position of Speaker was created on 22 October 2014 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014. The office remained empty until the August 2015 local elections, after which Lord Charles Clarke was elected on 6 September 2015 as the first Speaker of the House. Six more Speakers have held the position since.
According to Paragraph 3 of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014, the Speaker has "the sole authority to maintain order in the House of Representatives, to preside over debates, to recognize motions, to count votes on motions, and to declare a motion passed or failed." Before the creation of the office of Speaker, its functions tended to be carried out by either the Monarch or Prime Minister. Should the position be vacant, its functions are to be exercised either by the Prime Minister or by another Representative nominated by the Prime Minister.
List of Speakers
|Number||Picture||Name||Town||Took office||Left office||Notes|
|#||Vacant||22 Oct 2014||6 Sep 2015||The office remained vacant for over ten months after its creation by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014, as said Act specified that the Speaker would be elected after a local election.|
|1||Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge||Lichtenstein||6 Sep 2015||7 Mar 2016||Elected the first Speaker after the August 2015 local elections.|
|2||Lady Vice Admiral Elizabeth Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston||Terentia||10 Mar 2016||11 Feb 2020||Elected the second Speaker after the resignation of Lord Charles. Lost the position upon the secession of Terentia.|
|3||Lord Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia||Dragovina||13 Feb 2020||29 May 2020||Elected Speaker following the February 2020 elections. Removed from office by Emperor Jonathan I after his assumption of emergency powers.|
|4||Lord William Wilson, Count of Oribrazos||Nahona||1 Jun 2020||24 Feb 2021||Directly appointed Speaker at the nomination of the Prime Minister by Emperor Jonathan I under the provisions of his assumption of emergency powers. Was confirmed by the House in a vote of confidence on 21 June 2020. Resigned in February 2021.|
|5||Lord Ashley Jaax, Baron of Kingeston||Kingeston||24 Feb 2021||22 Aug 2021||Elected the fifth Speaker after the resignation of Lord Wilson. Resigned in August later that year.|
|6||Lord Hunter Prater, Duke of Dixie||New Flat Rock||22 Sep 2021||24 Aug 2022||Elected after a vacancy of a month, with the House hesitant to elect a new Speaker prior to the outcome of the 2021 general election being known. Stepped down in July 2022, but remained formally in office as a placeholder (with the Prime Minister presiding over the House instead) until the election of his successor.|
|7||Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford||Palasia||24 Aug 2022||Incumbent||Elected after the resignation of Lord Prater.|