Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected as the nation's 54th House speaker Thursday. Ryan garnered 236 votes, 218 were needed for the win.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA,12) received 184 votes, each of them from Democrats. Nine Republicans backed U.S. Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL,10), while three others also received votes: former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN,5.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA,5).
Ryan said he plans to fix the chamber's lack of unity as the House's newest speaker.
"To me, the House of Representatives represented the best of America, the boundless opportunity to do good," Ryan said Thursday. "But let's be frank. The House is broken. We're not solving problems, we're adding to them. And I'm not interested in laying blame. We're not settling scores, we're wiping the slate clean."