Paul Ryan Not Seeking Re-election

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers thanked political ally House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday for his service after the Wisconsin politician announced he wouldn't seek re-election. "First and foremost, Paul is a family man and we admire him for that".

Ryan and his wife have three children.

Ryan said he planned to focus on his family. Instead, he has been complicit in allowing Spanky to run amok, causing chaos in the White House and doing his best to wreck our democracy.

Ryan had long championed tax reform, a goal accomplished with the passage previous year of the sweeping GOP tax bill. But GOP lawmakers said they understood his decision.

"It's always weighed heavily on him. and at a moment like this when his kids are reaching the same age as when his father passed away, it's especially poignant", the person familiar with the decision told reporters.

"I didn't want this job at first", Ryan said, but went to say he was proud of what Congress had achieved.

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Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus that played a key role in Boehner's departure, was asked by reporters if he had been approached about becoming speaker.

"We're getting way ahead of ourselves".

There are so many other things that we have gotten done, and of course I'm going to look back proudly on my days at the Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

State Representative Jimmy Anderson released the following statement in response to the announcement that Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) will not seek reelection.

The Ohio Republican, who retired from politics in 2015, once said he was "unalterably opposed" to legalising marijuana. But conservatives aren't likely to roll over to keep the same leadership team.

The jockeying among Republicans in the House for Ryan's seat had already begun.

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But Stivers also expressed optimism that Ryan would pitch in with the GOP midterm efforts this year.

"The Speaker has been an avid advocate for his point of view and for the people of his district", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. On Wednesday, Ryan said that increasing defense spending and the reform of the tax code were his two biggest achievements.

"Speaker Ryan didn't seek this office, this office sought him. This was a hard decision to make, and I wish Paul and his family all the best in the future", she said.

However, Kevin Seifert says Ryan is committed to keeping the seat that he has held for 20 years in Republican hands. "During his final months, Democrats are hopeful that he joins us to work constructively to advance better futures for all Americans".

"Today I am announcing that this year will be my last one as a member of the House", Ryan said at a news conference.

Steil also did not respond to request for comment Wednesday morning. "I will serve my full term as I was elected to do".

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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 US tax code in December.

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