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Rep. Andy Harris will back Paul Ryan for House Speaker

Rep. Andy Harris, the state's only Republican in Congress, said Thursday he will support Rep. Paul Ryan's bid for House Speaker. 

"Congressman Ryan is willing to make the changes necessary to make Congress more responsive to the needs of hard-working Americans -- whether it's to reduce burdensome taxes and regulations, or to restore and strengthen the defense of this country," Harris said in a statement. "Paul Ryan has committed to do this as our next Speaker."

Harris is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of 40 conservatives. A majority of that caucus is backing Ryan, but not the four-fifths majority needed for a formal endorsement.

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