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October 29, 2015

Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., raises his hand and places the other on a Bible as he is sworn in. He succeeds outgoing speaker, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 29. (CNS photo/Gary Cameron, Reuters) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-RYAN-SPEAKER Oct. 29, 2015.

Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., raises his hand and places the other on a Bible as he is sworn in. He succeeds outgoing speaker, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 29. (CNS photo/Gary Cameron, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With his election as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan may have taken the most difficult job in American politics.

The Wisconsin Republican is faced with keeping his party’s conference unified as he takes a position that places him third in line for the presidency. He has vowed to change business-as-usual in the House by building broad consensus for legislation and pledged to eschew last-minute, closed-door deals.

In accepting the position after his election Oct. 29, Ryan said he wanted to get the House working again for the American people who work hard every day but continue to slip backward economically and see little hope from their elected representatives because they see “chaos” in the House.

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