Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Paul Ryan considering retirement in 2018

Paul Ryan considering retirement in 2018

The reports in question are a Huffington Post piece about rumors that Ryan will resign and a Politico story that noted that "in recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker - fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists - not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018".

The GOP House leader, however, denied his plans to leave Congress, telling reporters later in the day after his weekly press conference: "I'm not, no".

Ryan has apparently been quite exhausted of DC for a while, and when he was elected Speaker of the House, he made it clear to then-Rep.

Ryan's office dismissed the rumors, saying the reports are unfounded.

Another source close to Ryan said: "Speaker Ryan is fully committed to advancing a bold conservative agenda in 2018 and protecting the majority".

In a rare bit of good news recently, Representative Paul Ryan, who also happens to be the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, has told confidants closest to him that 2018 might be his previous year as an elected government official because he may retire after the 2018 midterms. When he was elected House Speaker he told his predecessor former Rep. John Boehner he intended it to be his last job in politics.

Ryan, 48, also has personal reasons, the story says.

The statements did not speak to whether Ryan might consider stepping down in early 2019, however, ahead of the next congressional term and after the midterm elections.

Suggesting that Politico's reporting was not "very accurate", Sanders said she thought the news even surprised Ryan.

The speaker would then have one final year "to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform", the report said.

Ryan has easily won reelection nine times since first winning the 1st District seat in 1998, averaging a 28-percentage-point margin of victory every two years. "The speaker reassured the President "I'm not going anywhere!'"

Christopher Murray of Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government says he understands why there's speculation about Ryan's future in the House.

"As the speaker himself said today, he's not going anywhere any time soon", she added.

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