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In 2015, newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shakes hands with outgoing Speaker John Boehner alongside House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"There's a reason everybody's looking at Paul — he is the consensus choice," fellow Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said of Rep. Paul Ryan. "Other people may be able to step up to the plate, may be able to forge that consensus. But we already know Paul has already forged it." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Meet Paul Ryan, The Man Who Might Be House Speaker

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Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. leaves a House Republican special leadership election meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is stepping down and retiring from Congress at the end of the month after nearly five years in the role. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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