U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III wasn’t a candidate for Speaker of the House Thursday, but he got one vote anyway.

Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat from a Republican-leaning district in Pennsylvania, cast his vote for Kennedy. It was the only vote Kennedy got and he was not seeking any.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, was a solid supporter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who got all of the votes from the majority of Democrats, except those from a handful of rebels, including Lamb.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is not a member of the House, also got a vote.

In total, 15 Democrats voted either present or for someone other than Pelosi, far short of their initial pledge to garner enough anti-Pelosi votes to deny her the speaker’s gavel.

Even the leader of the Pelosi opposition, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, ended up voting for her.

As for Kennedy, he had campaigned for Lamb last winter when Lamb was the upset victor in a race to replace a retiring Republican congressman, but was not a candidate for speaker.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or jhand@thesunchronicle.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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