Wisconsin's Rep. Paul Ryan elected speaker of the House


Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is the next House speaker.

The 45-year-old captured 236 House votes Thursday morning to secure his election as the new speaker, the Washington Post reports, following weeks of uncertainty about the House's next leader after John Boehner, R-Ohio, was pushed into resigning from the post in September.

Boehner has praised Ryan, calling him "the right person to lead our team at this time," NPR News reports.

As speaker, Ryan is expected to call for a renewed vision for the Republican party and the House, as well as "set a new tone after years of sometimes petty infighting," the Washington Post says.

"Tomorrow, we are turning the page," Ryan said Wednesday, CNN notes. "We are not going to have a House that looks like it’s looked the last few years. … Our party lost its vision, and we are going to replace it with a vision."

Ryan's job is expected to be a little easier than it could have been after House and Senate leadership and President Barack Obama reached a two-year budget deal this week, NPR notes. The deal passed in the House on Wednesday, FOX News says.

For more on how Ryan – the youngest person to be elected speaker of the House since 1869, the Washington Post reported – went from repeatedly saying he didn't want the job to becoming speaker, read Politico's story.

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