Senator Marco Rubio was speaker of the Florida House, but has only a few years under his belt in the U.S. Senate.
The speaker is the second–most important person in the country in terms of making the country work.
And when it comes Tuesday night—when the House Sergeant at Arms shouts: “Mr. speaker, the President of the United States!”
c.1300, "one who speaks," agent noun from speak (v.). First applied to "person who presides over an assembly" c.1400, from Anglo-French (late 14c.). In reference to the English Parliament, Sir Thomas de Hungerford apparently was the first.