House Speaker Paul Ryan has told confidantes that he will not be running for re-election in the fall. Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 1999, and though sources say it’s likely he would receive a re-election bid, he would have a more difficult opponent to face in Democrat Randy Bryce.
With Ryan leaving, the GOP will face an even bigger struggle to retain the House majority.
Confidantes of Ryan have said that part of his decision comes from how frustrating it is to work with President Trump.
Ryan has struggled with his relations with Trump before and has been vocal when he’s disagreed with something the President has said. It’s also being said that after accomplishing his longtime dream of passing tax reform, Ryan is ready to move on.
Ryan spoke to his counterparts in a closed-door conference with the GOP on Wednesday morning and then spoke to reporters.
According to the New York Times, Ryan feels good about his legacy and where things stand. He said he’s “leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future.”
Later, Ryan dug deeper into his thinking, saying it was his family that played a big part in his decision.
“The truth is, it is easy for it to take over everything in your life and you can’t just let that happen because there are other things in life that can be fleeting as well: Namely your time as a husband and a father,” he told reporters.
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