WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House on Thursday morning elected Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-WI-01), as the next speaker of the House.
Ryan, 45, who was nominated by Republicans on Wednesday, received 236 votes on the floor. The nine-term congressman needed 218 votes to win the election.
9 Republicans voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, (R-FL-10), who also ran for speaker.
Ryan the day before in conference had defeated his main announced rival, Webster. Ryan received 200 votes and Webster 43. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN-07) got one vote, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-CA-23), who abandoned his bid for speaker, also got one.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK-1) on Wednesday had sent out a statement about who he was voting for, “Today the GOP Conference nominated Rep. Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House, giving him 200 votes out of 245 cast. 43 Members, including me, voted for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.”
“Rep. Ryan is the Republican nominee, and I will vote for him on the floor of the House. I will work constructively with the new Speaker to advance sound legislation addressing the nation’s urgent needs, and I will also hold him accountable to lead House in responsibly performing its representational duties and advancing our national interests.” Bridenstine concluded.
Congressman Markwayne Mullin, (R-OK-2) also issued as statement on Wednesday about his vote, “Paul is the right man for the job. I share his vision for a legislative process that is member-driven and works from the bottom up. I share his vision for individual freedom and a limited federal government, and I respect the inclusive, thoughtful, and genuine approach he has taken throughout this process.”
“Paul has become a good friend over the last two and a half years. His wife, Janna, is from Madill, and their family visits the area often. Like Christie and I, Janna and Paul have a young family. We have spent a lot of time comparing notes about the best restaurants across the Second Congressional District and talking hunting and Oklahoma football,” Mullin continued.
Mullin concluded by saying, “From his time spent in Oklahoma with his wife and family, Paul knows our state’s values. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he has fought to protect these principles and hold the president accountable. He is committed to making the hard choices needed to balance our federal budget. He helped write the most significant federal spending reforms in the last two decades. He has a vision and strategy for moving our country forward.”
Congressman Frank Lucas, (R-OK-3) voted for Ryan but released no statement.
Congressman Tom Cole, (R-OK-4) issued a statement congratulating the new speaker, “I am absolutely thrilled that Paul Ryan was elected to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Cole. “Paul’s decision to serve comes at considerable sacrifice, and the fact that he is willing to step up and assume this challenging position at such a difficult time speaks to his personal and political character. In the days and months ahead, I will do everything I can to support him as he offers a fresh vision for a better America and carries out his new duties as Speaker. I couldn’t be more proud to vote for him today.
“Paul Ryan may not be Oklahoma’s favorite son, but he’s certainly Oklahoma’s favorite son-in-law. I am particularly pleased that a guy with hunting dogs named ‘Boomer’ and ‘Sooner’ is now Speaker of the House,” concluded Cole.
Cole late last week had already thrown his support behind Ryan.
Congressman Steve Russell, (R-OK-5) issued a statement after Ryan had been elected officially as speaker, “I am glad that we have come together as a conference with a singular voice. Yesterday, Paul Ryan received 82% of the conference vote, and as you saw today, Republicans overwhelmingly voted to unify as a party with 95% vote, ready to stand with him and work on America’s future. As a
party, we agree on 90% of all things. We should labor on what we agree upon, and what we can accomplish together, as opposed to diving on our disagreements. Today is a new day, and we should support each other to move forward. Our nation’s survival depends on it. As Speaker Ryan asked the nation, we should join him in praying for each other.”
Russell appeared on The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan on the Fox Business Network immediately following the Republican Conference nomination of Ryan as speaker to talk about today’s vote.
Most Democrats voted for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA-12), to be the next speaker. One Democrat voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell. According to the rules of the House the speaker does not have to be a member of Congress.
Ryan’s wife and three children watched from the speaker’s box as well as other family members and friends, including 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney. Ryan was Romney’s running mate.
Ryan becomes the 54th speaker of the House when he’s sworn in, with his hand placed on his own New American Standard Bible that he uses for weekly bible study, his aide said.
The gavel Ryan will use in his leadership post is the same one he used as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which he had led since January.
Ryan moved to Washington in 1992. For his first job, he worked for then Sen. Bob Kasten, (R-WI), as an aide on the Senate Small Business Committee. After a few more jobs on and off Capitol Hill, Ryan moved back to Janesville, WI in 1998 and won his first election to the House at the age of 28.
He became chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2011 where he developed multiple conservative budget blueprints.