The Rock County GOP Office in Janesville is buzzing after one of their own has been elected as the Speaker of The House.
“I never thought I’d be speaker. But early in my life, I wanted to serve this house. I thought this place was exhilarating because here, you can make a difference,” Paul Ryan said after becoming aware of his election.
Officials from the Rock County GOP believe Janesville native Ryan’s background will allow for him to excel where others have struggled, despite him being the youngest Speaker since the Civil War era.
“That great Midwest work ethic that Paul brings to Washington, we’re all looking forward to his unification practices to really start getting some work done in Washington,” says Rock County GOP Executive Committee Member and Elections Chairman, Wade Hallett.
Ryan is taking over for embattled speaker John Boehner, who resigned after continuous battles with the Republican Party’s right wing, the same people who then forced Representative Kevin McCarthy to withdraw.
That led Republicans to draft a reluctant Ryan, who they saw as the only hope to unify the party.
And Hallett agrees.
“Paul is a well known unifier, so we think he’s going to do a great job,” says Hallett.
And he is not concerned about Ryan taking a post that will likely mean a lot more days outside of Wisconsin’s 1st District.
“He’s a pretty busy guy. He has a lot of responsibility and a lot of new responsibility, but he’s still making his commitment to his constituents here in Wisconsin, and more importantly, his family,” says Hallett.
Ryan is aware of the significant amount of work ahead of him, but he says he is more than ready to tackle any challenges that lay ahead of him.