(CNN) - He wept tonight, but chances are House Minority Leader John Boehner will be smiling in January, when he picks up the gavel as Speaker of the newly-Republican House of Representatives.
During his victory speech, talking about his upbringing, he choked up. His voice breaking and tears filling his eyes he said, "I hold these values dear because I've lived them." He added, "I've spent my whole life chasing the American dream."
The veteran lawmaker, who is nobody's picture of a Tea Party outsider, said Americans want a new way forward in Washington. "Our new majority," he said, "will be prepared to do things differently to take a new approach that hasn't been tried before in Washington – by either party."
Boehner said it was time to get to work.