After suffering a loss as a Vice Presidential candidate in the 2012 election, Rep. Paul Ryan rose to the top leadership position in the US House. Ryan was first voted to the House from Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District in 1999. He has also served as Chair of the House Budget Committee and Chair of the House ways and Means Committee.
Some of those close to Ryan have indicated that the 47-year-old Speaker of the House, has been hinting that he is considering on retiring at the end of his term in 2018. His retirement could have a huge impact on House Republicans as he is the first Speaker with guts since before John Boehner.
(New York Daily News) – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan may be mulling his White House exit, according to new reports.
The 47-year-old Wisconsin Republican, who first joined Congress in 1999 and was elected House Speaker in October 2015, told some of his “closest confidantes” he’s thinking about stepping down following the 2018 midterm elections, Politico reported.
In a series of interviews with three dozen fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and lobbyists, not one said they expected Ryan to stay in Congress beyond 2018 despite his recent legislative wins under President Donald Trump.
The move would give Ryan another year to pursue entitlement reform — which he’s long advocated for — before he returns home “full-time” to spend more time with his three teenage sons, the news outlet posited…
Those close to Ryan say that the history of men in his family dying young is one of the reasons for Ryan’s possible retirement. His dad died at age 55, which is only 8 years from where Ryan is now. Democrats are already drooling at the prospect of first winning his seat and then wrestling control of the House away from Republicans so they could stop everything Trump wants to accomplish.