The Latest: Lawmakers line up for photos with Paul Ryan

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Posted: Oct 29, 2015 4:42 PM
The Latest: Lawmakers line up for photos with Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest developments in the changing of the guard in the House leadership, with Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin succeeding Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as speaker (all times local):

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4:00 p.m.

After the speaker vote, several members of the House filed into a line in Statuary Hall to get their photo taken with new Speaker Paul Ryan.

The line was mostly Republicans, but there were a few Democrats who waited for a photo as well.

The line wound into the nearby Rayburn Room, just off the House floor. When Ryan walked in to begin taking photos, the waiting crowd gave him a cheer.

A week ago, Capitol Hill staff waited in the same location to get a photo with outgoing speaker John Boehner.

Boehner's predecessor, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, also stood for photos there before she stepped down from the post in 2011.

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1:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama reached out to Rep. Paul Ryan the day before the new House speaker assumed his duties and wished him well.

That's according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who says Obama has spoken in the past about his respect for Ryan despite significant differences they have on policy. He says Obama is hopeful they'll be able to work together.

Earnest says that with the GOP in control of Congress and with a Democrat in control of the White House, anything making it through the legislative process will have to be bipartisan.

The spokesman says Obama hopes Ryan will lead the House "in that spirit and with that fact in mind."

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1:10 p.m.

House Republicans have chosen Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas to serve as interim chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, following Paul Ryan's election as speaker.

Johnson will lead the powerful committee until the Republicans who control the House find a permanent successor.

At least three lawmakers are vying for the post: Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas, Pat Tiberi of Ohio and Devin Nunes of California.

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12:30 p.m.

Rep. Daniel Webster says he's glad the House has elected a new speaker, but admits: "I had hoped it would be me."

The Florida Republican had challenged Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker, but Webster got only 43 votes, compared with 200 for Ryan in the GOP's nominating contest.

Webster was backed by the party's hard-core conservatives. He says he's gratified by the show of support and humbled that nine Republicans voted for him on the House floor.

Neither Webster nor Ryan voted Thursday.

Webster says his backers want to be more involved in the legislative process and "not just something like a pawn."

He's pledging to work with Ryan to change the way Congress operates.

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11:35 a.m.

Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan — the senior member of the House who's in his 26th term — has issued the oath of office to new House Speaker Paul Ryan.

After Ryan was sworn in, the Wisconsin Republican shook Conyers' hand and said, "What's next?"

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11:30 a.m.

New House Speaker Paul Ryan is asking fellow lawmakers to pray for each other.

The Wisconsin Republican says Republicans should pray for Democrats and Democrats should pray for Republicans.

"And I don't mean pray for a conversion" to the other party, Ryan joked. "Pray for a deeper understanding."

In his first speech since being elected on Thursday, Ryan says "the House is broken," but that it can be fixed if lawmakers realize they are "all in the same boat."

He's urging his colleagues to work together as representatives of the American people, not as partisans.

Ryan says he has no illusion that unity in the House will suddenly break out. But, he says, "We have nothing to fear from honest differences honestly stated."

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11:15 a.m.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has presented newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan with a gavel he's used as House Ways and Means Committee chairman.

Ryan just was elected to take over for Rep. John Boehner as speaker. A tearful Boehner exited the chamber to tears and applause as Ryan stepped to the podium.

Pelosi says Boehner served honorably in Congress for 25 years.

She was addressing Boehner, the son of a bartender and bar owner, when she said: "John Boehner you are the personification of the American dream."

When Ryan got to the podium, he hugged Boehner and said "Don't cry."

Boehner stepped down, saluted his colleagues and walked to the back of the chamber. He waved off the crowd with a handkerchief, wiped his eyes and gestured for them to stop clapping for him and to sit down.

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10:50 a.m.

It's official: Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will be the new speaker of the House.

Here are the voting results, as announced by outgoing Speaker John Boehner of Ohio: 236 votes for Ryan, 184 for Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California and nine votes for Republican Daniel Webster of Florida.

Democrats John Lewis of Georgia and Jim Cooper of Tennessee each received one vote, as did former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

News of the election was greeted with applause and a standing ovation.

The final step for Ryan: swearing-in as speaker.

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10:35 a.m.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has won enough votes to become 54th speaker of the House. The roll call vote is continuing.

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10:10 a.m.

As Rep. John Boehner gave his farewell speech as House speaker, the Ohio Republican turned around from the podium and heaved a sigh.

Democrats and Republicans, and everyone in the galleries, gave him a standing ovation. Saluting him was Rep. Paul Ryan, who's about to be voted the new speaker.

Boehner wiped his face with a tissue, then hugged House staffers.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state — a member of the GOP leadership — nominated Ryan for speaker. She says the House is eager for fresh start so the chamber can better fulfill its obligations, and she says there's no one better than Ryan "to lead us in that calling."

Democrats have nominated Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with fellow California Democrat Xavier Becerra saying Pelosi — a former speaker herself — "understands how to get things done."

Voting is underway.

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9:40 a.m.

Colleagues have given outgoing House Speaker John Boehner a standing ovation, and the Ohio lawmaker raised a box of tissues moments before delivering a farewell address.

Boehner is well known for sentimental tears, especially at major events.

Boehner says he's leaving Congress "with no regrets and no burden." He calls the House "the great embodiment of the American dream."

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9:35 a.m.

Rep. Paul Ryan's family is in the House gallery ahead of his swearing-in as speaker.

His wife, Janna, is smiling and waving at people in the gallery.

Their three children — 13-year-old Liza, 12-year-old Charlie and 10-year-old Sam — look less than thrilled.

But the Wisconsin lawmaker is holding court on the House floor, greeting well-wishers in a jovial mood.

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9:15 a.m.

Speaker John Boehner is opening the House session and summoning all 435 members to the chamber for a historic vote.

One by one, lawmakers are set to cast their vote aloud for a new speaker — and it's expected to be Rep. Paul Ryan.

Boehner, R-Ohio, is resigning from Congress.

The opening prayer comes from Ryan's longtime pastor — the Rev. Donn Heiar, a Catholic priest from Janesville, Wisconsin, which is the lawmaker's home town.

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8:30 a.m.

On Rep. Paul Ryan's big day, his 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney, plans to be among the guests watching the pomp and politics in the House.

Ryan's office says Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who was the GOP presidential nominee, and his wife, Ann, are joining Ryan's family in the speaker's box as the House is expected to make the Wisconsin congressman the 54th speaker.

Ryan was Romney's vice presidential pick three years ago.

Also on the attendance list: Ryan's wife, Janna, and their three children — 13-year-old Liza, 12-year-old Charlie and 10-year-old Sam.

Who else? Ryan's mother, Betty Douglas, sister Janet and brothers Stan and Tobin.

Ryan has insisted that he won't let the new job interfere with his family time in Wisconsin.

Expect Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, who's a member of the Republican leadership, to nominate Ryan to be speaker.