Washington D.C.,- Speaker of the House
Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not run for reelection
this November, he announced on Wednesday.
Ryan’s departure confirms rumors that began
swirling in mid-December 2017. He will
retire in January, at the conclusion of his
Ryan, who is a Catholic, was first
elected to Congress in 1998, and became the
speaker of the house in October of 2015. He
has become known for his conservative views
and was Mitt Romney’s running mate in the
2012 presidential election.
In his speech announcing his retirement,
Ryan cited his three teenage children as one
of the main reasons why he would be leaving
Congress. His eldest daughter is 16 years
old, he said, the same age he was when his
father passed away.
“What I realize is, if I am here for one
more term, my kids will only have known me
as a weekend dad,” he said.
“I just can’t let that happen.”
Regardless, Ryan insisted that he has “no
regrets” from his tenure in Congress, and
that he put all of his being into his work.
He insisted that the current political
climate did not influence his decision to
retire from Congress.
On Twitter, President Donald Trump
offered praise for Ryan, even though the two
have butted heads in the past. Trump said
that Ryan was a “truly good man” who will
“leave a legacy of achievement that nobody
Ryan has talked about his Catholic faith
numerous times during his two decades in
Congress. He spoke at this year’s March for
Life in Washington, D.C. and has spoken out
in favor of religious freedom and pro-life
He has clashed with leaders of the U.S.
bishops on other issues, notably the 2017
tax reform bill. Ryan championed the bill,
while leaders of the U.S. bishops’
conference called parts of it
“unconscionable,” saying it “appears to be
the first federal income tax modification in
American history that will raise income
taxes on the working poor while
simultaneously providing a large tax cut to
Ryan did not announce what his plans are
once he leaves Congress.