The replacement for John Boehner is in. On Oct. 28, Paul Ryan became the youngest man to take the post since before the Civil War when he was elected as speaker of the House!
Wisconsin congressman, Paul Ryan, has earned the support he needed and will officially become the next Speaker of the House. Although he had many conditions, including taking weekends off to spend with his family, he previously said he was “ready and eager” to take over for John Boehner, 65, and the Republicans must have believed him!
“Tomorrow, we are turning the page,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “We are going to move forward. We are going to unify… we believe that the country’s headed in the wrong direction and we have an obligation, here in the people house to do the people’s business. We are going to respect the people by representing the people.”
Originally, Paul Ryan did have many demands and said he would refuse the offer if they were not met. This included asking fore more paid-leave time, which upset many Americans. He also asked for weekends off. The speaker is usually traveling but he was determined to spend his days off with his family.
“Ryan is a really a thought leader for the Republican Party. We’ve been operating under his blueprints and he’s one of the best communicators that we’ve had — equal or even greater to Newt Gingrich,” California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, said on Oct. 28. “It’s our onus, it’s our burden to set the agenda now because we don’t have anyone on the presidential side,” Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Florida, added.
“I never thought I’d be a speaker,” Ryan wrote in a letter to his colleagues when he announced he was running. “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.” Are you happy with the choice?
— Emily Longeretta