He got his wish Monday, winning the gavel for another term by an easy 160-18 vote.
Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton) won a 118-57 vote for another term as speaker pro tempore, the No. 2 job in the lower chamber.
Those margins mean Ralston and Jones each drew several dozen votes from Democrats in the overwhelmingly Republican chamber.
That’s a far cry from Congress, where House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t get fellow Republicans to vote for him on the heels of his latest tax deal with President Barack Obama.