After weeks of saying he wouldn’t do it and then days of saying maybe he would, Congressman Paul Ryan is officially running for Speaker of the House.
“I never thought I’d be speaker,” Ryan is quoted from a statement. “But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve — I would go all in. After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.”
Former Speaker John Boehner stepped down unexpectedly in September, and Ryan’s name has come up repeatedly as the most viable candidate to fill the seat, but he maintained that he wasn’t interested in the job.
Recently though, Ryan wavered and said House Republicans would have to agree to some conditions – including non-negotiable family time – if he were to even consider running for Speaker.
Ryan made it official, though, when the House Freedom Caucus, the Republican Study Committee and a group of GOP moderates all threw their support behind his candidacy.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy threw his name into the hat to be the next speaker, but quickly withdrew it when support failed to materialize.