House Speaker Paul Ryan to retire

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Ryan, 48 years old, has three teenage children with his wife, Janna.

It's the reverse situation when looking at Republicans who have chose to leave Congress without an announced next step in their political career.

Ryan joins almost 30 House Republicans who have announced this year they are retiring outright. His decision fueled fresh doubts about the party's ability to fend off a Democratic wave, fed by opposition to Trump, in November.

Ryan, though, said he had no regrets after having accomplished "a heckuva lot" during his time in a job he never really wanted.

Ryan's retirement also raises the question of who will run for his seat in Congress.

"When I look at that picture, Mr. Speaker, I have to say, I don't see anybody who looks like me, in terms of color or gender", King said, emulating the analogy made popular by former President Barack Obama.

From those 25 retirements, 17 members hail from districts where the presidential vote for Trump in 2016 was below the national average in districts won by Republicans. They used to say it's not the quantity of time you spend with your kids, it's the quality of time.

Investors don't seem to mind Ryan's exit and the potential implications for Trump.

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The Trump presidency had already taken a toll before it claimed Ryan. Trump showed impatience with Congress' pace in dealing with his proposals, and Ryan had to deal with a president who shared little of his interest in policy detail.

Ryan did not mention Trump in his press conference but a source familiar with the speaker's decision insisted that it had nothing to do with Trump. His own father died suddenly of a heart attack when he was 16, and though Ryan is in good health, the distance from his family weighed on him.

The House speaker had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late a year ago. Regardless of political persuasion, the impact of losing Paul Ryan is bad for Congress, bad for the country and bad for Utah.

PBS Newshour: The Legacy Of Paul Ryan - "When his predecessor, John Boehner, stepped down as the speaker of the House in 2015, Paul Ryan did not want the job". He has had more trust with the hardliners in the House. By getting out now, one theory goes, Ryan could lay low and potentially run for president at a later date. "His ability to bridge the vast divide". To begin with, an impeachment drive could fail to attract a majority of the House. "And don't forget that", the man told Ryan, the speaker recalled in the interview.

As for the jockeying of positions, Kevin McCarthy, a less intelligent version of Ryan, will climb up the leadership ladder and drag with him the useless and impotent players one step below him.

"Leadership has never been on my bucket list, and it's not on my bucket list today", he said. "This move by Ryan will set off an intramural food fight and take all eyes off the endgame of maintaining a pro-growth majority", said Scott Reed, a political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who is planning millions in spending to defend Republican control in the House and Senate. "It's just another issue that's floating out there, and obviously there's going to be some competition for his successor". "This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can't be held".

In Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has worked with Ryan, praised his colleague's tenure. "During his final months, Democrats are hopeful that he joins us to work constructively to advance better futures for all Americans". As of Wednesday morning, the most likely Republican candidate is state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

At the moment it appears Ryan's No. 2, Kevin McCarthy has the leg up on becoming his successor, assuming he can placate enough Freedom Caucus members with plum committee assignment promises. Janesville teacher Cathy Myers was also running on the Democratic side. The only declared Republicans so far are Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter earlier this year for posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic, and Nick Polce, an Army veteran who also co-owns a security consulting firm.

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