House Speaker Paul Ryan visiting RI this week

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – House Speaker Paul Ryan will be visiting Rhode Island later this week, Eyewitness News has learned.

Zack Roday, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Republican’s political office, confirmed the speaker’s trip to the Ocean State but did not offer further details about his plans, or whether he will be raising campaign money.

“Speaker Paul Ryan is in Rhode Island this week to meet with supporters and attend several events,” Roday told Eyewitness News. “He is committed to keeping a strong Republican majority in Congress so we can solve the big problems facing our country.”

R.I. Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell was not immediately available for comment.

Ryan has held the top job in the U.S. House of Representatives since October 2015. He was also GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate in 2012.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, a Providence Democrat and leader of the party’s progressive wing, quickly co-created a Facebook event to protest Ryan during his visit. The page suggested Ryan will be in downtown Providence on Thursday afternoon, but did not say how that information was obtained.