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Speaker of the House of Representatives (Austenasia)
|Speaker of the House of Representatives
|Style||The Right Honourable (Formal)|
Mr./Mme. Speaker (Informal and within the House)
|Appointer||House of Representatives|
|Term length||Between six months and five years; re-elected after each local election|
|Inaugural holder||Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge|
|Formation||22 October 2014|
The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the member of the House of Representatives of the Empire of Austenasia who presides over the sessions of the House. The Speaker is elected by a majority vote of the House of Representatives after each local election, and is referred to as "The Right Honourable" if they do not have a higher style. They serve as an ex officio Senator while in office.
The position of Speaker was created on 22 October 2014 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014. The office remained empty until the August 2015 local elections, after which Lord Charles Clarke was elected on 6 September 2015 as the first Speaker of the House. He resigned on 7 March 2016, and was replaced with the incumbent Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis on 10 March.
According to Paragraph 3 of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014, the Speaker has "the sole authority to maintain order in the House of Representatives, to preside over debates, to recognize motions, to count votes on motions, and to declare a motion passed or failed." Before the creation of the office of Speaker, its functions tended to be carried out by either the Monarch or Prime Minister.
List of Speakers
|Number||Picture||Name||Town||Took office||Left office||Notes|
|#||Vacant||22 Oct 2014||6 Sep 2015||The office remained vacant for over ten months after its creation by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014, as said Act specified that the Speaker would be elected after a local election.|
|1||Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge||Lichtenstein||6 Sep 2015||7 Mar 2016||Elected the first Speaker after the August 2015 local elections.|
|2||Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston||Terentia||10 Mar 2016||Incumbent||Elected the second Speaker after the resignation of Lord Charles.|