Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan not to seek re-election

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan not to seek re-election

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan not to seek re-election

"So you better make the most of it". Paul Ryan, representing a district in Wisconsin, has served in the House of Representatives, the lower house in the bicameral United States system, since 1999 and ran as Mitt Romney's vice president pick in 2012. His tone was sombre, and he read directly from prepared remarks. He said that the 2018 midterms and the chance that he wouldn't be speaker didn't factor at all into his decision to announce his retirement. But Ryan downplayed that it would be a distraction. He became Speaker of the House in 2015 when former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) resigned from Congress.

The US President tweeted this afternoon that Mr Ryan is "truly a good man" and that he will "leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question".

The discussions about Ryan's future have been closely held, according to a person familiar with the decision. In an email to Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, President Bill Clinton said that "a couple of years after we moved to the White House, when Chelsea was in high school, we had what may have been our only argument".

Congress' most powerful lawmaker said he would not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this November.

"One of the reasons why I never wanted to be in elected leadership", Ryan told HuffPost, "is because here, in Congress, elected leaders have always been expected to travel on weekends".

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With the departure of Ryan, some speculate that Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-1) will be tapped as his successor.

The House speaker has scheduled a news conference for 10 am local time.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, praised Ryan as being "true to his word".

But Stivers also expressed optimism that Ryan would pitch in with the GOP midterm efforts this year. "We should all be grateful for his sacrifice and understand his desire to be a full time Dad". The best part of this scenario, people close to the speaker emphasize: "He wouldn't have to share the ballot with Trump again in 2020", POLITICO had reported. He did not seek the job of Speaker, but he stepped up to serve during a challenging time in our Nation's history. Ryan spokesperson AshLee Strong told CBS News last month, "The speaker is not resigning".

Who will "Republicans" choose to replace him as speaker? "This was a hard decision to make, and I wish Paul and his family all the best in the future". Democrats need to win 23 seats in the November elections to retake a majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

"I see these as lasting victories that make this country more prosperous and more secure for decades to come", he said.

"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his a year ago as a member of the House", Ryan aide Brendan Buck said in a statement. On Wednesday morning, he called the president and the vice president and informed the rest of his staff before going to the conference meeting, officials said. Steil did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

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