Maine House Republicans, a true majority for the first time in more than three decades, will nominate a speaker and elect floor leaders in advance of the upcoming two-year legislative session.

A five-way race developed for speaker, a position a Republican hasn’t held since the GOP last had a majority in the early 1970s. Candidates for the job include Reps. Andre Cushing of Hampden, Paul Davis of Sangerville, Stacy Fitts of Pittsfield, Robert Nutting of Oakland and Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland.

The nominee chosen by Republicans this afternoon is virtually guaranteed to become speaker when the newly elected House convenes Dec. 1.

House Republicans will also elect their floor leaders. The change in party leadership also brings about a big shakeup in State House staffing.