It was rumored that Speaker Paul Ryan would not seek re-election to the House of Representatives.
It has now been confirmed.
From Fox News:
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November — a move that comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House.
Ryan told senior GOP members that he would retire in January after serving out his full term, his office said in a statement.
“After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father. While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him,” Brendan Buck, counselor to the speaker, said in the statement.
Statement from Paul Ryan's office on retiring January 2019. pic.twitter.com/tbxqcATM9F
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National Review has more:
Ryan, 48, reluctantly took the job of speaker under pressure in October of 2015, even while saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law argued Ryan “sees what is coming in November,” referring to a Democratic sweep.
Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise are both eyeing Ryan’s job, although McCarthy is considered the favorite, and Scalise has stated he will not run against McCarthy “for anything.”
President Trump has to be pretty happy, whether he’ll admit it or not.
Ryan wasn’t exactly rah-rah Trump by any means.
Now, the speakership is open for a true conservative.