It's official - Ryan will be new House speaker
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has presented newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan with a gavel he's used as House Ways and Means Committee chairman.
Ryan just was elected to take over for Rep. John Boehner as speaker. A tearful Boehner exited the chamber to tears and applause as Ryan stepped to the podium.
Pelosi says Boehner served honorably in Congress for 25 years.
She was addressing Boehner, the son of a bartender and bar owner, when she said: "John Boehner you are the personification of the American dream."
When Ryan got to the podium, he hugged Boehner and said "Don't cry."
Boehner stepped down, saluted his colleagues and walked to the back of the chamber. He waved off the crowd with a handkerchief, wiped his eyes and gestured for them to stop clapping for him and to sit down.