By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 4/11/18
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has announced that he will not be seeking re-election, and will instead be retiring in January of 2019. Paul Ryan first became a congressman in 1998, representing the first congressional district of Wisconsin.
In 2015, Paul Ryan became Speaker of the House of Representatives, the person who leads the house and announces different bills. Originally, Ryan was supposed to step down like other Wisconsin Republicans if the Republicans lose the house in the 2018 midterms.
Instead, Paul Ryan took the time at a meeting to express his gratitude for his nearly 20 year career as congressman, then saying that his focus has “shifted” and that he is now focused on being a husband and father. His retirement is just one of many for congressional Republicans, adding more uncertainty for the party in the midterms.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN