Paul Ryan is set to retire from Congress

Paul Ryan is set to retire from Congress

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election, people close to the Wisconsin lawmaker said Wednesday. "That's why today I'm announcing that they shall be my last one as a member of the House".

"I have given this job everything I have".

Ryan credited his own good conscience for not going that route: "Just as my conscience is what got me to take this job in the first place, my conscience wouldn't let me go out that way", he simpered at his presser. Before she was elected to Congress, she directed Ryan's preparations for the vice presidential debate in 2012. "But I took it reluctantly and gave it all I had".

Asked to what degree Mr Trump's presidency influenced his decision not to seek re-election, Mr Ryan said, "Not at all".

CNN reports his decision was rooted in dedicating more time towards his family.

Others, however, claimed Ryan's decision is a sign of "disarray" within Congress. Ryan has had a rocky relationship with President Trump, and condemned Trump's more controversial moves on a number of occasions during the campaign.

"Clearly, I think there have been signals this has been a grinding job that this was really a grinding, grueling job".

"Republicans" have been an unmitigated disaster, and in recent months even USA president Donald Trump has gotten in on their swamp maintenance efforts.

Mr Ryan said he would retire in January after finishing his congressional term. While Paul leaves behind a far-reaching, reform-minded legacy and a long list of achievements in Congress, I believe this is just the beginning for him.

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"I will serve out my term and then will leave a Republican majority in good hands with a bright future", he said.

The president has generally known as Ryan a "very weak and ineffective chief" and criticized the Speaker for his "zero help" throughout the election. He was supplanted by Donald Trump.

Ryan plans to serve out his full term, "run through the tape" and retire in January, according to a statement from his office.

Ryan's plans add to GOP uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing their majority in the fall. Ryan wasn't the only person to announce his retirement on Wednesday: Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., also said he won't run for re-election.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged Ryan to use his remaining time for work towards bipartisanship in the House.

Ryan has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015 after serving successively as chair of the House Budget Committee and chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan didn't mention President Donald Trump in his opener-the two have had a hard relationship since Trump's foray into politics-but he did say during his question-and-answer session with reporters that he was grateful to Trump for his win and the opportunities it afforded the GOP. "I have assurances that it's not, because I've been talking to people in the White House about it".

Both Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and No. 3 House Republican Steve Scalise wouldn't say if they aspire to succeed Ryan.

The Speaker's retirement leaves some Republicans scrambling to situate themselves as a potential speaker if Republicans manage to hold onto their tenuous majority.

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