10/22/2015 03:29 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Rep. Ryan, in bid for House speaker, becomes unlikely spokesman for balancing work and family

WASHINGTON — Republican congressman Paul Ryan is likely to become the next speaker of the House. He's already an unlikely spokesman for balancing family life with work.

The 45-year-old Ryan made clear this week that he will step up only on several conditions. One of them: Reducing the travel time and fundraising associated with the job of speaker so that he can spend weekends at home in Janesville, Wisconsin, with his wife, Janna, and three school-age kids.

Ryan's comments made him the rare Republican — and man — to spotlight the difficulties of balancing the demands of work life and family in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Not everyone was pleased with the idea. It met with resistance from some conservatives, who said being speaker requires total commitment.

Mary Clare Jalonick And Erica Werner, The Associated Press