Breaking: Paul Ryan Officially Running To Replace Boehner As Speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) at the 2012 Republican National Convention Harry E. Walker/MCT/

Rep. Paul Ryan has officially announced he is running to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House.

The Wisconsin Congressman could take office as soon as next week…

According to The Hill:

“Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is officially running for Speaker following a demands he made of House Republicans this week to unify behind him.

Ryan said he would not run for Speaker unless all three of the major House GOP factions endorsed him: the hardline Freedom Caucus, conservative Republican Study Committee and centrist Tuesday Group.

The Republican Study Committee and Tuesday Group endorsed him Thursday, while the Freedom Caucus said a “supermajority” would back Ryan but full short of an official endorsement.

Still, Ryan indicated that was enough for him to move forward after more than a week of consideration.

“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. After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker,” Ryan wrote in a letter to House Republicans on Thursday evening.

House Republicans will vote behind closed doors Oct. 28 to nominate a Speaker. A full House vote to formally elect a new Speaker is slated for the following day, Oct. 29.”