In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner's surprise resignation announcement, here's what will happen.
First, the House will call for an election to appoint a new speaker once the resignation takes effect at the end of October, as what happens when a new Congress convenes.
Once the election has been called, each major party conference or caucus nominates a candidate for speaker, according to the House website.
The winner must receive at least 50 percent of the roll call vote. However, this could be less than the majority of the House because of vacancies and absentee voters.
If an absolute majority is not reached initially, the roll call is repeated until one is reached.