NBC News is reporting that Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., informed his GOP colleagues late Thursday that he would run for House speaker, likely ensuring Republicans avoid what could have been a divisive battle to become the party’s next leader in the lower chamber.
“I never thought I’d be speaker. But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve—I would go all in,” Ryan said in a letter to his Republican colleagues. “After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.”
Ryan’s announcement comes one day after a majority of the House Freedom Caucus, an influential faction of conservative congressmen, said they would support the popular lawmaker.
The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee is expected to easily get the support necessary to succeed outgoing House Speaker John Boehner. If he had chosen not to run, the party would have been left with no clear frontrunner for the job after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew from the race earlier this month.