In his first address to the House upon winning the Speaker election Thursday morning, Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.) called for unity amid the deep GOP divisions that created the turmoil resulting in his ascension to the the post.

"Let’s be frank: The House is broken," he declared to a packed chamber upon taking the gavel. "We are not solving problems.”

"A lot is on our shoulders. So if you ever pray, let’s pray for each other," Ryan implored fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.


"And I don't mean pray for a conversion," he joked.

“We should not hide our disagreements. We should embrace them. We have nothing to fear from honest differences honestly stated. If you have ideas, let’s hear them,” Ryan said.
"What really sets John apart is he’s a man of character — a true class act. He is, without question, the gentleman from Ohio. So please join me in saying, one last time, 'Thank you, Mr. Speaker,'" Ryan said.
BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE, who opted to stand in the back of the chamber by the staff gathered along the walls after Ryan took the gavel, saluted fellow lawmakers as they gave a standing ovation.
Then, Boehner left the House chamber for perhaps the last time as a member of Congress.
Ryan, 45, is the youngest Speaker in more than a century. He’s also the first House Ways and Means Committee chairman to directly ascend to the Speakership.
Republicans vaulted him into the Speaker’s chair following Boehner’s surprise resignation announcement last month. After House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly dropped his Speaker bid after encountering the same conservative opposition that pushed Boehner out the door, Republicans implored Ryan to run for the slot despite repeated past insistence that he wasn’t interested in the job.
“I never thought I’d be the Speaker,” Ryan said. “But early in my life, I wanted to serve in the House. I thought the place was exhilarating—because here, you could make a difference.”
He drew applause from both sides of the aisle upon calling for “a return to regular order.”
“The committees should retake the lead in drafting all major legislation,” Ryan said. “Open up the process. Let people participate. And they might change their tune. A neglected minority will gum up the works. A respected minority will work in good faith. Instead of trying to stop the majority, they might try to become the majority.”
“When we do not follow regular order — when we rush to pass bills a lot of us do not understand — we are not doing our job. Only a fully functioning House can truly represent the people,” he added.
“What a relief to them it would be if we finally got our act together,” Ryan said of the people lawmakers represent.
Ryan won 236 votes in Thursday’s election, well above the minimum of 218 to secure a bare majority. Only nine Republicans voted for another candidate, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who was previously endorsed by the conservative Freedom Caucus.

This story was updated at 12:06 p.m.