Paul Ryan backed for second term as speakerBy Rebecca Rakowitz | 11/16/2016 11:43pm
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been unanimously chosen by the GOP to seek another term as speaker.
“Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government,” Ryan said In a news conference on Tuesday, just a few hours before being chosen. “It feels really good to say that actually. This will be a government focused on turning President-elect Trump’s victory into real progress for the American people.”
Once the new Congress convenes in January, there will be an official election for the speaker. Ryan will need a majority of votes to secure his spot, and since Republicans have control of the House it is likely that it will happen.
Democrats have yet to announce their leadership and have moved their leadership elections until the week after Thanksgiving, reportedly giving members more time to analyze the election results.
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, is currently the minority leader for the Democrats, although Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio and one of the Democrats supporting the postponement of the election, announced that he may run against Pelosi.
“[Tim Ryan] is pleased with the ... delay [of the election],” Tim Ryan’s spokesman Michael Zetts told USA Today, “This is a positive step in the right direction to try to understand what happened and where [the Democratic Party is] going to go from here.”