Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says things will change within the United States House of Representatives with Paul Ryan as Speaker.
The Republican Caucus nominated Ryan, who is from Wisconsin, as the next Speaker. The entire House voted for him to succeed John Boehner of Ohio.
“I think Paul Ryan is a very capable person. He is highly intellectual. He is very schooled in public policy,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “He has been on I think a personal journey as well to transform charts and statistics into language that speaks to the heart of people who find themselves in difficult, broken situations. I think he’s going to be a good leader.”
Fortenberry, a Republican, says more than the Speaker needs to change in the US House and he expects the new Speaker to seek more input from rank-and-file members.
“A lot of this drama has been a deliberative effort to rethink the very processes of governance in the House of Representatives,” according to Fortenberry. “Power has been too concentrated at the top. We need to devolve power while respecting a hierarchy of leadership in order that there can be governance and order, yet at the same time empower the imaginative capacity of good people around here to actually think clearly about what’s best for America.”
Fortenberry, a member of the House Budget Committee, says he knows Ryan fairly well.