JANESVILLE, Wis. -

 House Speaker Paul Ryan has won a ninth term in Congress.

Ryan, a Janesville Republican, defeated challenger Ryan Solen, a Mt. Pleasant Democrat, in Tuesday's election.

Ryan was first elected to represent southeastern Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District in 1998. He succeeded John Boehner as speaker last year.

Ryan was under fire during election season from fellow Republicans upset with his messy political divorce from Donald Trump.

Ryan was his party's 2012 vice presidential nominee and could harbor White House ambitions.