GOP nominates Ryan as speaker, House set to OK budget deal

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this June 9, 2015, file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is seen in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans are returning from a weeklong recess to try to untangle their leadership mess. All eyes are on Ryan as he weighs whether to agree to entreaties from party leaders to enter the race for speaker. But conservatives are increasingly lining up against him. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans have nominated Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to become the chamber’s next speaker.

GOP lawmakers hope Ryan will lead them out of weeks of disarray and point them toward accomplishments they can highlight in next year’s elections.

The 45-year-old Ryan was his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee and is considered a telegenic spokesman for conservative priorities.

Ryan won on a secret ballot of the House’s 247 Republicans.

The current speaker, Ohio Republican John Boehner, unexpectedly announced his resignation last month. He came under pressure from hardline conservatives who considered him too timid in challenging President Barack Obama and too autocratic in punishing GOP lawmakers who defied him.

The full House is expected to elect Ryan as speaker on Thursday.

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