Breaking: Paul Ryan officially declares candidacy for House speaker
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Paul Ryan announced Thursday, October 22nd that he is officially running for speaker of the House, and he is all but assured to be elected next week.
“I never thought I’d be speaker,” Ryan said in 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.”
The speakership would be a dramatic career twist for the Wisconsin Republican, who was his party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012 and has repeatedly turned down pleas from colleagues to run for the post.
He thoroughly enjoys his policy-heavy role as the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.