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Analysis: How Might a Paul Ryan Speakership Impact His Wisconsin Constituents?

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves after a House Republican Conference meeting October 20, 2015 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Wisconsin will soon learn whether Congressman Paul Ryan becomes speaker of the House of Representatives. He would be third in line for the presidency. But what would a Ryan speakership mean for Wisconsin and Ryan's district?

WUWM's Marge Pitrof posed that question to an David Niven of the University of Cincinnati. Niven has followed the career of outgoing Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Niven says he would not describe the effect on constituents as fruitful.

Niven says if Ryan becomes speaker, he would spend nearly all his time managing House business, and constituents might eventually wonder where they fall, on his list of priorities.

UPDATE: It appears Congressman Ryan has the backing he was seeking from GOP colleagues in the House. The Associated Press reported Thursday that all three Republican groups have agreed to support him. The House is scheduled to formally vote for a new speaker next week.

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