House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Run for Re-Election in November

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

In December of previous year, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had called Ryan and the president made it clear he wouldn't be happy if Ryan quit Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will not seek re-election, according to reports from CNN and Axios citing unnamed sources. Shortly thereafter, Brendan Buck, a counselor to Ryan, released a statement confirming the report. It's also being said that after accomplishing his longtime dream of passing tax reform, Ryan is ready to move one.

"He told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him", the statement added. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late a year ago.

Politico reported in December that Ryan told confidants he would like to retire after the 2018 congressional elections.

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Two people with knowledge of Ryan's thinking said he has decided against seeking another term, but they did not say why. AP said both asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly speak.

Just weeks ago, Ryan's office was pushing back against a Republican congressman's suggestion that the GOP leader would soon be stepping down as speaker.

Ryan, 48, was the vice presidential nominee in 2012 on the GOP ticket with Mitt Romney.

Ryan and his wife have three children.

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