Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) this evening visits the Capitol for the first time as GOP vice-presidential nominee -- and he can expect to receive a raucous welcome from his fellow House Republicans.

House GOP leaders are holding a brief welcome-back meet-and-greet with Ryan Thursday night in a room just off the Republican side of the House floor. The visit, which was announced via an e-mail to GOP members Thursday afternoon, will take place shortly before the House votes on a short-term government funding resolution.

Many of Ryan's fellow House Republicans have expressed pride in Romney's choice of one of their own to serve as his running mate, and several members of the House GOP freshman class were so excited when news broke on the morning of the announcement that they were up tweeting their support of Ryan until the wee hours.

The meet-and-greet is one of the few events Ryan is holding during his brief return to Washington. He flew into Dulles Airport along with his wife, Janna, and mother, Betty, Thursday morning and motorcaded to his hotel, where he is expected to spend most of his time on Thursday when he's not at the Capitol.

The hotel is also where Ryan and his family are likely to watch Thursday night's Green Bay Packers face-off against the Chicago Bears.

On Friday, Ryan delivers remarks at the annual Values Voter Summit of social conservatives before heading back out on the campaign trail to Virginia.