The new session of Congress is off to a rocky start. Despite having a slim majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans have failed for two days and counting to confirm one of their own as speaker of the House. As Democrats sit united behind House Minority Leader New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who will make history as the first Black party leader in Congress, Republican infighting has left the House in chaos and unable to function.

In the absence of a speaker, the disorder in the House has accidentally created another historic moment, leaving a Black woman, Cheryl Johnson, in charge of the chamber for the first time in history.