Washington D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement after voting today to elect Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Paul Ryan is a solution-oriented leader and the right man for the job. He is not reluctant to engage on the issues that are important to the American people, and has the ability to bring people together – a quality that is often lacking in today’s politics,” said Harper. “On the issues, Paul is seriously committed to tax and welfare reform, balancing our budget, and promoting American leadership across the world. His record of fighting for the conservative cause is why Republicans across the country united behind him as our party’s last vice presidential candidate. I’m very proud that Paul Ryan has been elected as our Speaker of the House.”