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House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election in November.
Serving as speaker has been one of my life’s great honors. I’m proud of all we’ve done & am ready for new prioritie… https://t.co/9H2E8CLK0Q
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 11, 2018
Ryan’s office released an official statement, revealing the 48-year-old politician wants to spend more time with his family.
“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House,” the statement read. “He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. 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.”
Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
President Trump took to Twitter following the news, tweeting, “Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!”
“I have accomplished much of what I came here to do,” Ryan said during a press conference. “My kids aren’t getting any younger. What I realized is if I serve for one more term my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad.”
According to the Washington Post, the two Republicans most likely to take over Ryan’s position are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.