Steve King Endorses Cruz for President

Rep. Steve King announced Monday he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

“I’ve had the great privilege of getting to know 15, even 17, Republican candidates for President, and I’m looking at them respecting and liking all of them,” King said. “One of them has been standing by my side time after time whenever there was a crisis we needed to address, and it was Sen. Ted Cruz every time.”

Paul Ryan Nominated for Speaker

Ryan was backed by the vast majority of the conference in the secret ballot election, receiving 200 votes, according to an official readout of the results. Forty-three members voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, a Florida Republican whose supporters think Ryan is too enmeshed in the establishment, while Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., each received a single vote.

Standing alongside GOP leaders after the meeting, Ryan gave a brief statement to reporters and took no questions.