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Paul Ryan elected youngest Speaker of the House since 1875

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, arrives in the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, to make his formal resignation speech as his replacement, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is congratulated by fellow members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, arrives in the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, to make his formal resignation speech as his replacement, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is congratulated by fellow members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Out with the old, in with the new…

On Thursday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) was elected the youngest Speaker of the House since 1875. John Boehner will resign on his previously announced projected date of Oct. 30.

The Hill reported that Ryan received 236 votes (he needed 218 to become Speaker) to Rep. Daniel Webster’s (Fla.) nine votes.

The nine Republican votes came from Reps. Dave Brat (Va.), Curt Clawson (Fla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Randy Weber (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.).

Democrat Rep. and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) presented the gavel to Ryan. She received 184 votes, all from members of her own party.

Though he was initially reluctant to run, Ryan told the Hill that he was feeling “great!”

Ryan spoke of a “new day in Congress.” Making for a more touching, historic moment was the presence of Ryan’s wife, Janna, and their three children, 13, 12, and 10. Former Gov. and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann also watched on from the Speaker’s box.

Paul Ryan already has his new Twitter handle up. As of this morning, he goes by @SpeakerRyan.


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