the vote was largely a formality after house republicans nominated him for the position on wednesday.

but even some conservatives who did not support ryan said that after weeks of infighting, they were eager to move on and give ryan the space to unite the party's various factions and craft a legislative agenda.

boehner gave a farewell address before the vote on thursday, a day after the house approved a significant budget deal he negotiated with president barack obama and congressional democrats. the legislation, which eliminates the possibility of a default and decreases the chance of a government shutdown, effectively gives ryan a fresh start.

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