Paul Ryan formally announces Speaker bid

After being pressured to run for Speaker of the House for weeks, Rep. Paul Ryan has formally announced a bid for Speaker.

“I never thought I’d be speaker. But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve – I would go all in,” Ryan wrote in a letter to colleagues. “After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.”

This decision comes two weeks after Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal and hours after public support from the Republican Study Committee and the moderate Tuesday GroupThe House Freedom Caucus has also said it will support, but did not officially endorse Ryan for Speaker.

Ryan said that he would only run if several conditions were met, including the party uniting behind his candidacy and being allowed to spend weekends with his family.