Paul Ryan on Tuesday easily won election to his first full term as House speaker, demonstrating he has quieted past conservative discontent that led to the ouster of his predecessor, John Boehner.

Ryan won 239-189, and suffered just one Republican defection when Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky., voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. That's a major sign of GOP unity in the House, especially coming after Boehner's last election, when he lost 24 Republicans.


The last Boehner vote was seen as a growing sign of a coup by a large faction of House conservatives who had grown weary of the GOP leadership's legislative tactics on spending and immigration reform. It also prompted Boehner to retire early in October 2015, when Ryan was elected to take his place to finish up Boehner's term.


Ryan quickly earned the support of even the most conservative GOP lawmakers who regularly opposed Boehner. Conservatives said they back Ryan because he includes them in the process, even if they don't ultimately support the resulting legislation.

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