Paul Ryan was elected speaker today. As related in the New York Times:
Mr. Ryan received a comfortable margin of victory that included several of the hard-line conservatives who had worked to oust Mr. Boehner. In his address to Congress after the vote, he implored members who have been fighting so bitterly to find a way to work together. “Let’s be frank, the House is broken,” Mr. Ryan said. “We are not settling scores,” he added, “we are wiping the slate clean.”
His ascent was a generational transition as well. Mr. Boehner, 65, came into the job a seasoned leader who tried to appease the Tea Party members whose electoral victories helped usher Republicans into the majority.