WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress, sending ripples through Washington.
The Wisconsin Republican cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one, saying he did not want his children growing up with a “weekend dad.” Claiming he’s accomplished “a heckuva lot,” he said the party can point to strong gains as lawmakers campaign ahead of November elections. A self-styled budget expert, Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and a personal cause, and Congress delivered on that late last year.
“I have given this job everything I have,” he said. “We’re going to have a great record to run on.”
Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation weighed in on the big decision on Twitter.
Serving as speaker has been a great honor. Now, with all three of my kids in their teens, I am ready to set new priorities. I intend to serve my full term as I was elected to do. But I will be retiring in January, leaving this majority in good hands and with a bright future. pic.twitter.com/LfyZtZOIn4
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 11, 2018
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) April 11, 2018
It has been an honor to serve alongside my friend and colleague, @SpeakerRyan. His leadership was paramount to deliver tax reform to the American people and I wish the best for him as he chooses to leave Congress at the end of this term.
— Rep. Adrian Smith (@RepAdrianSmith) April 11, 2018
— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) April 11, 2018
Speaker Paul Ryan's best line: "I just want to be a dad again." @SpeakerRyan
— Jeff Fortenberry (@JeffFortenberry) April 11, 2018