Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.
The Wisconsin Republican has tapped eight members to serve on an "advisory group" that will meet regularly to discuss House matters and serve as Ryan's sounding board for leadership ideas. The group, according to names obtained by CQ Roll Call, includes two members from each of the three main Republican voting blocs — as well as two of Ryan's closest allies. "Speaker Ryan believes the conference is strongest when it's unified," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. "To have a more inclusive speakership, he has pulled together a group of members representing the major Republican caucuses."