It can be a thankless job at times.
The Speaker of the House controls and is as the center of the storm in the US House of Representatives.
But some Republicans wonder if John Boehner is the right man for the job.
David Stein is a former Smith County Commissioner and President of the Smith County Republican Club.
“I see Boehner slipping in his leadership,” Stein says. “I think there are many, many people that are becoming more and more disenchanted with him.”
Two hot button issues are headed down the pike directly at the House…gun control and immigration.
“There are issues where compromise is an option,” Stein tolod us, “and there are issues where compromise isn’t. if you’re talking about what the Constitution does and does not say, there is no room for compromise.”
One issue is the so-called Hastert rule. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert said he needed a majority of his own party to bring legislation to the floor.
Boehner says it’s not really a rule, and one that Hastert himself broke 12 times.
Other Republicans though have urged the Speaker to keep it in place.
“And it seems like what’s going on,” Stein concluded, “and it’s happened for years. It’s like let me find out what 100 other people think before I make up my own mind. And so what happens is that you become void of any principle.”