Speaker of the House
Say a tearful goodbye to all those memes of John Boehner crying in public.
Paul Ryan was sworn into one of the most powerful positions in the United States government today, putting an end to weeks of Republican disarray.
A supermajority of the conservative Freedom Caucus said they would support Ryan, which falls short of the 80 percent required for a formal endorsement, but is still enough votes for Ryan to narrowly secure the position.
He says he'll only run as a "unity candidate" for House Republicans.
The Wisconsin representative announced that he is willing to serve as speaker of the House if Republicans “agree with his requests and share his vision.”
Hastert was charged in May with withdrawing nearly $1 million in small amounts and lying to the FBI about it, allegedly to cover up previous sexual misconduct.
Last week Flores said House Republicans had to find a leader who can unite its quarreling moderates and right-wingers now that Speaker John Boehner is retiring.
Kevin McCarthy's decision not to run for Speaker of the House has sent his entire party into teary chaos.
Outgoing Speaker John Boehner stormed out of a meeting with House Republicans after declaring that the election for his successor would be delayed. The sudden development made plain the disarray within the Republican party's House leadership.
The surprise decision leaves Republicans without an obvious choice to replace John Boehner at the end of the month.
The head of the House was under extreme pressure from conservative members of Congress who wanted to defund Planned Parenthood even at the cost of shutting down the federal government.