Ryan is the new speaker, Georgia delegation’s OK with that

[private]Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) was elected the new speaker of the U.S. House Thursday, bringing to an end the reign of John Boehner.

Although there had been some initial complaints from the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus about Ryan, most House Republicans in the end went along and voted for him as Boehner’s replacement.

Ryan received the support of 236 of the 245 Republicans who voted. Democrats cast their pro forma votes for their own minority leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California).

Georgia’s two members of the Freedom Caucus voted for Ryan and spoke kindly of him afterwards.

“Speaker Ryan promises real institutional reforms in the way of opening up the legislative process to all members, only moving legislation that has the support of the majority of the majority, changing the way our committees are selected, and implementing a bottom-up leadership approach,” Rep. Jody Hice (R-Monroe) said.

“While there is no perfect candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan has openly committed to working with members to restore the rules, respect the legislative process, empower every member of Congress, and ensure the American people are represented,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville).

“Paul Ryan is the guy who can get it done,” Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Gwinnett County) said. “He has an impressive track record of crafting and implementing solutions, and is the type of leader that will serve as a unifying presence when we need it most.”

“Paul has proven himself with his budget plans to rein in out of control Washington spending,” Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) said. “I am confident Paul will work tirelessly to unite our Conference and push forward our shared conservative values.”

Even the Democratic members of the Georgia delegation had some hopeful words for the new speaker.

“Under Speaker Ryan’s leadership, I am hopeful for a new season, defined less by dysfunction and more by bipartisan progress for the American people,” Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Albany) said.

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