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House elects Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as Speaker, succeeding John Boehner

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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015, photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., speaks at a news conference following a House Republican meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015, photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., speaks at a news conference following a House Republican meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

WASHINGTON (WDRB) -- Paul Ryan is the new Speaker of the House. 

The House elected the Wisconsin Republican to the post by having lawmakers vote aloud, one by one, in a tradition that bespeaks the dignity of a chamber that lately has been more rowdy than respectful. The roll call is continuing. 

House Republicans made Ryan their nominee for speaker in a secret ballot Wednesday that saw him defeat his only announced opponent, Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., by 200-43.

With the GOP controlling 247 of the House's 435 votes, Ryan's election was assured, despite grumbling from conservatives demanding more say in how the chamber operates.

With today's vote, Ryan becomes the 54th Speaker of the House.

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