I never thought I'd be Speaker.  

This was not a job I was looking for or seeking; it kind of sought me. I saw it as a duty and an obligation, but now I realize that it is also an honor.  

Let's be frank: The House is broken. So we're going to have to make some changes to make the people's business more open and inclusive.

Here's my commitment to you. We will not duck the tough issues. We will take them head on. Let’s seize the moment. Let’s rise to the occasion. And when we are done, let us say we left the people—all the people—more united, happy, and free.

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