Paul Ryan has officially put in his bid for the Speaker of the House position one month after John Boehner vacated the congressional post. The Wisconsin’s Republican representative announced that he’s ‘ready and eager’ to be the next speaker.
Paul Ryan, 45, is in. After much thought and receiving support from three major fractions of the House GOP, the 45-year-old officially announced that he’s poised to be the next Speaker of the House on Oct. 22. Wisconsin’s Republican representative stated that he is “ready and eager” to possibly become the next speaker to take over for John Boehner, 65.
“I never thought I’d be a speaker,” Ryan wrote in a letter to his colleagues. “But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve — I would go all in. After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.”
The 45-year-old had some reservations with the job at first, refusing the Republican’s offer if they didn’t meet his list of demands beforehand. Among the demands? More paid-leave time — a move that many have called hypocritical as many American workers don’t have paid leave. Admittedly, Ryan’s negotiation isn’t about pay; the speaker’s pay is set at $223,500 per year. But, he would be getting a promotion, and is negotiating for fewer responsibilities, along with a more flexible schedule.
Ryan did indicate that he was prepared to seize the gavel and try to bring unity to the Republican party, which has been divided over how House leaders exert authority over members for some time. That fight had become so bitter that it brought about the resignation of Speaker John Boehner in September, and later derailed the candidacy of the majority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy, to replace him.
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— Alyssa Montemurro & Michelle Phi