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Paul Ryan is in, will seek job of House Speaker

7 years 5 months 4 days ago Thursday, October 22 2015 Oct 22, 2015 October 22, 2015 5:53 PM October 22, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Erica Werner

WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan is formally declaring his candidacy for speaker of the House after getting unified support from across the Republican conference.

The Wisconsin lawmaker and onetime GOP vice presidential nominee will be all but assured of triumphing in elections next week.

He made the announcement in a letter to colleagues.

Ryan sought unity from divided Republicans as a condition for his candidacy. He succeeded in getting support from three major caucuses within the GOP, including the hardline Freedom Caucus that forced the current speaker, John Boehner (BAY'nuhr), to announce his resignation.

Ryan would inherit a House with major budgetary and spending deadlines on the horizon. At 45 he would become one of the youngest House speakers.

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