House Speaker Paul Ryan on leaving Congress: "Nothing trumps my family"

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Janesville announced Wednesday that he will retire and not seek re-election in the fall. File

By then, Ryan had risen to the chairmanship of the House Budget Committee, and then finally reached what he called his dream job, chair of the tax writing House Ways & Means Committee. "I'm not concerned about it at all".

Another factor, Ryan said, was that he has gotten much of what he wanted done.

Ryan joins a parade of legislators - majority Republicans - who've said they have had enough, one way or another, and will give up their seats.

The speaker is by far the most prominent figure fleeing Congress in a long season of Republican retirements. He began seriously considering leaving the post back in December, before Congress passed the sweeping tax overhaul he helped conceive, according to aides familiar with his thinking.

"I don't see a Trump acolyte becoming speaker".

Costello, Mast and most other Republicans stuck to their message in the hallways of Congress Wednesday morning, but speaking on background and away from cameras, many GOP lawmakers expressed concerns.

"Paul Ryan's name is right here", Halabi said as he pointed to the brick signed in 1988. The House speaker has not given his support behind legislation to protect Mueller.

The party not controlling the White House historically wins about 24 seats in a midterm.

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Instead, it was King who invoked a photo shared by President Trump on Wednesday night that showed Ryan and other top congressional Republicans grinning at the White House - all white men, flashing a thumbs-up.

Democrats are feeling increasingly confident in their chances.

And at least some members and a leader of the Tea Party movement have publically and privately suggested they could add to the congressional ranks after November, giving them more power in leadership voting.

- He doesn't want to run for re-election in a year in which Republicans are widely expected to suffer heavy losses at the hands of enraged Democrats. And House Republicans, after listening to Ryan's announcement at a caucus meeting in the Capitol basement, emerged with grim forecasts. "I'm not a guy who thinks about it like that", he said at a news conference. You get yelled at a lot.

A protracted leadership fight could make that worse.

"I have given this job everything I have, and I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility", Ryan told reporters. The last time it went Democratic in a presidential election was when Barack Obama carried it by 3 points in 2008 before redistricting made it a little more Republican. But we're Wisconsinites. You know, we thought about that. "Not only on who is the speaker but who's going to be minority leader". Staunch conservatives such as Jordan and Meadows tend to represent Republican strongholds, and so they likely will end up with greater influence within the GOP House ranks.

"If I am here for one more term my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad". It's about loyalty to [President Trump].

By advancing their own candidate, the conservatives may not be counting on winning, but that they would certainly influence the outcome of the race, several members said. "Voters like to hear straight talk, they don't just want to pad careers", says Batzel. You never stop running.

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