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US House Of Representatives Votes To Elect A New SpeakerUS House Of Representatives Votes To Elect A New Speaker
Paul Ryan waves to his supporters, guests and members of his family in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla — Getty Images
Paul Ryan waves to his supporters, guests and members of his family in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. , Chip Somodevilla — Getty Images
  • Title
    Speaker
  • Affiliation
    U.S. House of Representatives
  • Age
    46

It’s either a high compliment to Paul Ryan or an indictment of his party—or both—that whenever Republicans drive into a ditch, their leaders hand the keys to the 46-year-old Wisconsinite. Ryan’s singular status as a wonk with vision and the respect of the GOP’s disparate factions keep them coming back. Last fall Ryan played the reluctant savior amid the chaos following then-Speaker John Boehner’s ouster by far-right rebels, quitting his beloved Ways and Means Committee to lead the chamber. Now some pooh-bahs want him to reprise the role by agreeing to run for President. This time, Ryan swears he’s staying put.

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