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Paul Ryan Officially New Speaker

Political expert Dan Schnur talks what we can expect from Ryan's speakership.

Rep. Paul Ryan received the majority of the House of Representatives' votes today, making him the 54th speaker of the House and ending questions over who would be elected after John Boehner's resignation in September.

Ryan, 45, is the youngest person to hold the position since 1869. He received 236 votes from House Republicans with only nine voting for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla).

In his speech to Congress after the vote, Ryan said that there needed to be changes in "how the House does business." 

"Tomorrow we are turning the page," he said. "We are not going to have a House that looked like it looked the last few years. We are going to move forward. We are going to unify."

The reality of how these changes will occur may prove to be difficult. 

"There's no question that Paul Ryan faces a whole range of difficult challenges as he comes into the speaker chair," said Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the USC. 

Ryan reluctantly agreed to run after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who entered the race after Boehner's resignation, dropped out when his comments about Hilary Clinton and the Benghazi committee threatened to ruin his run.

Before Boehner's run as speaker ended, he negotiated a two-year bipartisan budget deal that the House voted to pass on Wednesday. This is being seen as a gift to Ryan, but political expert Dan Schnur says the chances of the House with Ryan as speaker working together before the Obama Administration ends are slim. 

"After next November if the next president is elected by a sizable margin, that's going to encourage representatives from the other party to find ways to cross party lines to work with that new president's party," said Schnur.

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