Officials weigh in as Ryan becomes Speaker of the House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WPRI) — Congressman Paul Ryan was named the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Thursday.

Ryan took over for John Boehner after being elected and sworn in during a ceremony that was held Thursday morning.

It will be up to Ryan to try to heal divides within the Republican Party in Congress, and to quiet the chaos of Capitol Hill.

“We are not settling scores,” he said. “We are wiping the slate clean.” He urged his colleagues to prove themselves “worthy” of the job to which they were elected.

Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline reacted to the change in leadership saying, “the election of Speaker Ryan – I hope means that he will lead the Republican caucus in a way that will lead us to work together and get some things done. I think the broad support he got today, including from members of the freedom caucus is a good sign.”

Congressman Cicilline added that he hopes lawmakers will cooperate on a number of issues, including reducing student debt and the environment.

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