Report: Paul Ryan Not Running for Re-Election

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Posted: Apr 11, 2018 8:53 AM
Report: Paul Ryan Not Running for Re-Election

Update: At a press conference, Ryan explained that his decision not to run for re-election is a personal one. Serving as a representative has been one of the "two greatest honors" of his life, Ryan said on Capitol Hill. The other is being a husband and a father.

"If I spend another term, my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad," he said. "I can’t let that happen."

But, he's "not done yet." He fully intends to serve out his term.

While he recalled that he did not initially want the position as speaker, he is "grateful" for having served.

President Trump wished him well.

ORIGINAL POST:

House Speaker Paul Ryan is not running for re-election, according to reports.

While this seems to put Republicans in a tough spot just months from the midterms, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) reacted to the news on Fox News noting that he's not worried about their chances. Voters know what's at stake, he said.

CNN's David Chalian said the battle for the speakership now comes down to Scalise and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Ryan's counselor Brendan Buck issued the following statement, noting he is not resigning and will serve out his full term. It is Ryan's 20th year in Congress.

The speaker is expected to address the press on Capitol Hill at 10 a.m.