House Speaker Paul Ryan Stuns Republicans, Announces Sudden Retirement

House Speaker Paul Ryan shocked the political world on Wednesday when he announced he would not be seeking re-election and planned to retire from Congress after this year.

The Republican from Wisconsin said he has no “regrets,” but admitted he feels it’s time to move on from the leadership position in Congress.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Ryan said:

“You realize something when you take this job,” Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. “It’s a big job with a lot riding on you … but you also know this is not a job that does not last forever. … You realize you hold the office for just a small part of our history. So you better make the most of it.”

He reminded reporters that he took the job “reluctantly” in 2015, when he took over from John Boehner, but Ryan also said he has no “regrets.”

“I like to think I’ve done my part, my little part in history to set us on a better course,” Ryan said.

Ryan pointed to the GOP tax reform bill as part of his legacy as House speaker and explained his decision to retire had a lot to do with his desire to be home in Wisconsin with his family. He said the upcoming midterm elections did not factor into his decision.

President Donald Trump, who has been critical of Republican leadership, praised Ryan as a “truly good man” who will “leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question.”

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