Ryan’s in: Congressman declares candidacy for Speaker after getting unified backing from GOP

Paul Ryan
In this Oct. 20, 2015, photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., speaks at a news conference following a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan may or may not become the next speaker of the House. He’s already become an unlikely spokesman for balancing family life with work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan is formally declaring his candidacy for speaker of the House after getting unified support from across the Republican conference.

The Wisconsin lawmaker and onetime GOP vice presidential nominee will be all but assured of triumphing in elections next week.

He made the announcement in a letter to colleagues.

Ryan sought unity from divided Republicans as a condition for his candidacy. He succeeded in getting support from three major caucuses within the GOP, including the hardline Freedom Caucus that forced the current speaker, John Boehner, to announce his resignation.

Ryan would inherit a House with major budgetary and spending deadlines on the horizon. At 45 he would become one of the youngest House speakers.

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