Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Republican president-elect Donald Trump before the race was officially called and congratulated the businessman on his “big night,” a Ryan spokesman said.
“The two had a very good conversation,” the spokesman said, noting the speaker also spoke with Trump’s running mate and Ryan’s former House colleague Mike Pence.
Before Ryan called Trump, he addressed his supporters at an election party at the Holiday Inn Express Conference Center in Janesville, Wisconsin. He thanked his constituents for re-electing him as Wisconsin’s 1st District representative but did not address the presidential race or the prospect of House Republicans retaining their majority Tuesday night.
“By some accounts, this could be a really good night for America,” Ryan said.
Ryan said he had been watching the returns and that there were several races he would continue to follow, including Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s re-election race.
Speaking about his own re-election, Ryan vowed to prove himself worthy of the support he received. He addressed the crowd shortly before 10 p.m., not long after The Associated Press projected him the winner.
Ryan beat his Democratic opponent Ryan Solen 65 percent to 30 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Later Ryan tweeted his congratulations to Johnson for winning his Senate race. The speaker also tweeted about House Republicans’ successes.
“Thank you to all Republicans who turned out this year to help us hold the House,” Ryan said. “A Better Way Forward starts now.”