Paul Ryan, the US House Speaker will not seek re-election
Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, said he would not stand for another term and has decided to retire when his term ends, casting his party into a leadership fight ahead of crucial mid-term elections. The bombshell was delivered by the speaker's counselor, Brendan Buck, who said Ryan would not seek re-election in November. Here's more.
Ryan will serve out full term: Buck
"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January," Brendan Buck said in a statement.
Trump paid tribute to Ryan as "a truly good man"
Ryan, who reluctantly assumed the House leadership in 2015 and never fully embraced President Donald Trump, has given no sign of his future political ambitions. Trump paid tribute to Ryan as "a truly good man." "While he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!" the president tweeted following the announcement.
Ryan looking forward to spend time with his family
Ryan's counselor Buck further said that the 38-year-old congressman from Wisconsin was looking forward to spending more time with his young family after his term ends. "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," Buck said.
Top US Democrat Chuck Schumer also praised Ryan
"While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as the speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him, " said Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the US Senate. Schumer also praised Ryan as "a good man who is always true to his word."