Paul Ryan Elected Speaker of the House

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Paul Ryan Receives the Gavel From Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

John Boehner unsurprisingly cried through his last speech on the House floor as Speaker of the House, before Paul Ryan was elected his successor.  Ryan received 236 votes, 18 more than was necessary.  Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi finished second with 184 votes, while Florida Congressman Daniel Webster was the runner-up among Republicans with 9 votes.

After Ryan was announced as the new Speaker, a swearing-in ceremony soon took place.  Ryan’s 2012 running-mate, former Republican nominee Mitt Romney was in attendance.  In his speech, Ryan paid tribute to Boehner, who is leaving Congress after 24 years.

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