Retiring Paul Ryan, "leaving this majority in good hands"

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

"Paul Ryan stepped into his role as Speaker at a critical moment, and has led our House with great dignity".

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election.

Reports have circulated since December that Ryan would not run again after helping to shepherd tax cuts through the House, President Trump's first major legislative win. Instead, Speaker Ryan immediately got to work taking healthcare away from 30 million people.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers thanked political ally House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday for his service after the Wisconsin politician announced he wouldn't seek re-election. Paul Ryan, representing a district in Wisconsin, has served in the House of Representatives, the lower house in the bicameral USA system, since 1999 and ran as Mitt Romney's vice president pick in 2012.

President Trump seemed to blame Romney's loss on Ryan during his own campaign in 2016.

Ryan, 48, first announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning. "I'm grateful to the president for giving us this opportunity to do big things". "And I'm sure he's very proud of that tax bill".

After reaching that goal, he reportedly felt comfortable enough to leave office, a decision that was influenced in part by Trump's behavior, Axios reported.

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The speaker directed his aides to never definitely say he was running for re-election, and his public comments always gave him the room to step down next year. "The wear and tear of his position is something that none of us can actually relate to and we respect him for making a tough decision, leaving a pinnacle of power to do what a dad needs to do".

Ryan's decision comes as recent special elections that reaped Democrats an Alabama Senate seat and a House seat in Pennsylvania hint at a building anti-GOP wave that may overturn the party's majority in Congress.

Democrats need 23 seats to take over the House.

Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation, amid Republican concerns over keeping their majority in the House of Representatives.

His departure will trigger a succession race - House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and majority whip Steve Scalise, the two senior-most Republicans in the party's House caucus, are said to be the leading contenders for the post.

"That was the end of that campaign, by the way, when they chose Ryan", Trump said. "And clearly that's what she's intending on doing and they're raising a lot of money on their side". Republicans now hold 237 House seats. While conservatives frequently criticized Ryan, he was widely viewed as the lone member who could hold the conference together. 'I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility, but the truth is it's easy for it to take over everything in your life and you can't just let that happen'.

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