Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election

Speaker Paul Ryan's office has confirmed that he will not seek re-election.

The departure of 48-year-old Ryan could complicate Republican Party efforts to retain the House in November, when candidates may be dragged down by the unpopularity of President Donald Trump.

Ryan will serve his full term and retire in January, Brendan Buck, spokesperson for the Speaker, said in a statement.

"After almost 20 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", Ryan adviser Brendan Buck said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the report. We are with you Paul!

Democrats would need to flip 24 House seats to gain a majority in the chamber, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation and will set off a scramble among his lieutenants to take the helm.

Ryan and his wife have three children.

The House speaker has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).

Axios first reported Ryan's decision. Top contenders to replace him are Reps. "Even though we disagreed on most issues, in the areas where we could work together I always found him to be smart, thoughtful, and straightforward", Schumer said.

Scalise told Politico in March that he would not rule out running for the speakership if Ryan were to retire.

The lawmaker from Wisconsin, who has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015, was said to have phoned house majority leader Kevin McCarthy about his retirement shortly before the news broke.

Meadows, of North Carolina, praised Ryan's tenure in a statement after the news broke.

House Majority Leader McCarthy, a Republican from California known to be tighter with Trump, is expected to seeking the speaker post. "He has had an outstanding legacy as a conservative policy thought leader and will be successful in any future endeavor".

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