The Republican John Boehner was elected the new Speaker of the House today, marking a shift to the right in Washington as he replaced the first woman in the post, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The meeting of the 112th Congress, with the Republicans in control of the House and having slashed the Democratic majority in the Senate, is a long way from the heady days of 2007 when Pelosi was elected Speaker and the Democrats held both the House and the Senate. With control of the House, the Republicans have a substantial platform from which to harry Barack Obama in the White House. The Republicans hold 242 of the 435 House seats and the Democrats 193 after the November elections, a gain of 63. There are 87 new Republicans and nine Democrats. Kwa mtaji huu, Obama atakuwa na kibarua kizito katika re-election campaign.