November 2, 2015

Paul Ryan elected Speaker

Lawmakers on Thursday elected Rep. Paul Ryan as the 54th Speaker of the House, putting an end to weeks of uncertainty over who would lead the raucous 247-member GOP conference after John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) surprise resignation.

On a day filled with pomp and excitement, the Wisconsin Republican received 236 votes for Speaker – more than the 218 needed to win on the first ballot. His only challenger, little-known Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), whom Ryan defeated in an internal GOP election Wednesday, received 9 votes on the floor. Read More

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