Paul Ryan Elected Speaker of the House

Update: 10:44 AM EST

Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been elected as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives after a vote by the full House.

Final Vote Total:

Ryan (R): 234

Pelosi (D): 185

Webster (R): 9

Other: 3

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the chair of the house Republican conference nominated Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the chair of the house Democratic conference nominated former Speaker and current house minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Ryan was expected to easily win after gaining the support of the House Freedom caucus.

The election was prompted after Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be stepping down from his position in late September.

Ryan did not immediately throw his hat into the ring to be the next speaker, indicating that he would prefer to stay in his job as the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

However, after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy couldn’t gain the confidence of the Tea Party wing of the Republican conference, the then frontrunner for the job choose to stand down.


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