Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was ready to make some changes and one of his first was removing a portrait of Dennis Hastert in the Speaker's lobby outside the House floor.
Paul Ryan removes portrait of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert
"The speaker believed it was appropriate to rotate in a different portrait," the Wisconsin Republican's spokeswoman AshLee Strong told CNN.
In its place a portrait of Speaker Frederick Gillett of Massachusetts, who served from 1919-1925, now hangs.
Hastert, who served as House speaker from 1999-2007, pleaded guilty in a $3.5 million hush money case last week in Chicago on the same day that Ryan was nominated by Republicans to serve as speaker.
Hastert admitted to structuring money transactions in a way to evade requirements to report where the money was going. In addition, Hastert was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
As part of a plea deal, Hastert pleaded guilty only to the count of hiding money transactions.
Two sources with knowledge of the federal investigation told CNN in June that Hastert was paying a former student to stay quiet about allegations of sexual abuse from when he was a wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Illinois.