House Speaker Paul Ryan not running for re-election

Hannah Rogers
April 12, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said his decision to not run for re-election should come as little surprise to his colleagues, since he didn't really want the leadership post to begin with.

Citing family reasons for his decision, Ryan clarified that he is not resigning and that he would serve the rest of the term till early January next year. "After almost 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".

In an interview with the New York Times, former Rep. Thomas M. Davis (R-VA) said that Ryan's decision to step down after his current term could portend disaster and crush Republican morale heading into this fall's elections.

Ryan has been serving in Congress since 1999 and has been House Speaker since 2015.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election, saying he wants to be more than a "weekend dad" before his children graduate high school.

Last month, Trump slammed Congress over the $1.3 trillion spending bill, which Ryan played a key role in crafting, over its failure to include funding for Trump's border wall and a fix for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).

Most Republicans in Wisconsin said the focus will be on whether Vos, the Assembly speaker since 2013, would get in.

Scot Ross, director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said, "When you look up "white privilege" in the dictionary, you see Paul Ryan's photo".

A separate Republican source close to Ryan, who declined to be named, told CNBC that the committee transferred more than $40 million to the NRCC, meaning that the funds could be used in other ways beyond just helping campaigns. He was former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

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It will also fuel speculation that Ryan is eyeing a coming Democratic surge, fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump, that could wrest control of the House from Republicans' grip.

The more likely explanation is that he's just sick of the struggle-being a House Republican doesn't seem like a fun job these days, especially ahead of the impending 2018 midterms, and actually leading this doomed coalition seems like actual torture.

In a statement, Stefanik called Ryan "a true friend and mentor".

Ryan's departure will open the House leadership seat.

Ryan, whose father died when he was 16, noted all his children are now teenagers and their "ideal weekend" was not to spend the whole time with their parents. Before becoming majority whip, Scalise led the powerful Republican Study Committee, the largest faction of conservatives in the GOP conference. Both men spoke at the closed-door meeting today, delivering tributes to Ryan.

Vos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Democrat Randy Bryce, a colorful ironworker who has cultivated an "IronStache" moniker, had been Ryan's best-known challenger, drawing liberal support from around the country. He had almost $2.3 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter.

As Ryan approached the podium, Trump complimented the outgoing speaker on Twitter.

But there was also sniping from the Democratic side.

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