Watch Paul Ryan's Acceptance Speech as New Speaker of the House
Paul Ryan was elected the 62nd Speaker of the House Thursday morning.
At 45, Ryan is the youngest person to assume the role in more than 130 years, Fox News reports.
“I never thought I’d be Speaker,” he said. “You have done me a great honor.”
In his acceptance speech, Ryan paid tribute to outgoing Speaker John Boehner, bringing his colleagues to their feet as he saluted the tearful Congressman.
“Now I know how he felt,” said Ryan. “John is a man of character, a true class-act. He is the gentleman from Ohio.”
Ryan received 236 of the 432 votes cast on Thursday.
He is being sworn in as Republicans look to a new leader to bring unity to the party, what he described as a “broken” house with its share of problems.
“I am not interested in laying blame,” he said. “We are not settling scores, we are wiping the slate clean.”
Going forward, he asked for “Republicans to pray for Democrats and Democrats to pray for Republicans.”
“And I don't mean to pray for conversion,” he joked.
“Paul Ryan is the right man, at the right time, to lead the House of Representatives at this critical period in history,” Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
Watch more of his speech above.