Paul Ryan will not seek re-election to Congress

Paul Ryan will not seek re-election to Congress

It was a position Ryan said he never dreamed of taking.

Now, the race is on for Ryan's replacement. But Ryan downplayed that it would be a distraction.

Lawmakers had expected Ryan might leave Congress if Republicans lose the House in November.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, announced Wednesday that he would not run for reelection in 2018. Paul has challenged us all to raise our gaze, and he is deeply respected on both sides of the aisle because of his principles and commitment to the American Idea. "That's something that my wife and I always decide in late spring of the election year". But talk among donors of writing off the House as a lost cause this early in the cycle could represent a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even before his biggest legislative accomplishment - tax reform - was across the finish line Ryan was contemplating that this would be his last term in the House. "Look, if we're doing fine, I have no plans of going anywhere any time soon". Asked to what degree Trump's presidency influenced his decision not to seek re-election, Ryan said, "Not at all". 2015 following the resignation of Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio). Prior to Pelosi, Republican Dennis Hastert lost the speakership when his party got crushed in the 2006 midterms.

She says she's looking forward to having more balance in the family's life. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said in a statement. And in order to serve the people of my district honorably, I have to serve them honestly.

The public announcement was preceded by a closed door meeting with Republican representatives, in which Mr Ryan delivered his news in a sombre tone, reading directly from prepared notes.

Who will "Republicans" choose to replace him as speaker? "He will be successful in any future endeavor and I wish him all the best".

Democrats need to pick up at least 23 seats in the 435-member House to regain the majority. "But I have given this job everything I have", he said.

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"I am announcing today that this year will be my last one in the House", said Ryan, the 2012 Republican US vice presidential nominee and long-time legislator from Wisconsin.

Ryan called Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday morning ahead of his announcement, a source familiar with their conversation told CNN.

Republican Mitt Romney also tweeted Wednesday morning.

Ryan, who was first elected to Congress in 1998, said that he believes that Congress has achieved "a heck of a lot" under his leadership as speaker since 2015.

"He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January".

Rumors that he may leave office ― either before or after the 2018 midterms ― have circulated for months, in particular after Ryan led the overhaul of the USA tax code in December.

So, yes, I'm sure Ryan was afraid his party was going to lose the majority in November.

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