(CNN) - House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner made the case for why he should be the new House Speaker in a letter to new members Thursday.
In the letter posted on his website, Boehner stressed his "humble beginnings" and said only in America would he have the opportunity to serve as Speaker.
"It's the American Dream that brought me here. Defending and restoring that Dream for our children and grandchildren will be my mission as Speaker, if I am fortunate enough to serve," Boehner wrote. "I humbly ask for your vote to serve as Speaker of the House in the 112th Congress."
The letter serves as an introduction of sorts for new members into the chamber and charges them with carrying out a new way forward where the "people's priorities must be our priorities."
"The statement made by the America people this week was a repudiation of Washington," Boehner said in the letter. "We need smaller, more accountable government that honors our Constitution and respects the will of the people. This must be the focus of the new majority."
He also reiterated some of the promises in the Republican's "Pledge for America" about the legislative process if he becomes Speaker. Boehner said the American people will have at least three days to read any proposed legislation and will put an end to "comprehensive" bills rushed through Congress.
-CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report