WASHINGTON–House Republicans showed unity as Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) was re-elected as House Speaker with a majority 239-189 vote on Tuesday.
Honored to be elected Speaker of the House for the 115th Congress.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 3, 2017
Ryan was able to gain the support of all but one House Republican, Rep. Thomas Massie. All this comes amidst fights between GOP lawmakers on how to handle the investigation on alleged ethical breaches. Nine Republicans voted in protest against Ryan’s succession of Rep. John Boehner in October 2015.
Americans vote for change and Congress votes for Paul Ryan?
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 3, 2017
This sudden glimpse of party unity comes after some Republicans vowed not to support Ryan after he distanced himself from then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump after a leaked video of a conversation between Trump and Billy Bush where Trump was saying lewd things about women. However, after Ryan’s easy victory party mechanics seem to still be aligned.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had support from all but four House Democrats in her bid for Speaker.