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Paul Ryan elected House speaker; Webster gets 9 votes



Paul Ryan was just elected speaker of the U.S. House. The Wisconsin Republican got 236 votes, well over what he needed.

Dan Webster of Florida, who threw himself in the race but had no real chance, got 9 votes.

Webster did help elevate complaints from the rank and file and Ryan in his first speech called for a return to regular order and letting legislation advance from the bottom up.

Webster's votes came from Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Curt Clawson of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Bill Posey of Florida, Randy Weber of Texas and Ted Yoho of Florida.

Webster abstained from voting, as did Ryan. A source tells the Buzz the two shook hands before the vote.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:03pm]


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