Rep. Birmingham was reelected Democratic House floor leader on Jan. 7 by a vote of 68 to 26 in the Democratic caucus, defeating Rep. Paul Dever of Cambridge (Boston Globe, Jan. 7, 1931, p. 17).
After the votes were counted Dever moved to make the choice of Birmingham unanimous.
Birmingham was nominated by Rep. Charles F. Young of Wakefield and seconded by Rep. John P. Lyons of Brockton. Rep. Dever was nominated by Rep. Edward Kelley of Worcester and seconded by Rep. John P. Connolly of Boston.
The caucus was presided over by Rep. William P. Hickey of Boston, and Rep. Frank McFarland of Dorchester served as secretary.
Rep. Leverett Salstonstall was reelected House Speaker unanimously. Saltonstall was renominated in the Republican caucus by Rep. Thomas Bateman of Winchester an seconded by Rep. Henry Eastabrook of Fitchburg.