Paul Ryan became a member of Congress in January 1999 at the young age of only 28 (he turned 29 only 23 days later). At age 48 now, Ryan has risen through the ranks of the US House to become not only the Speaker of the House, but second in line to assume the presidency if anything should happen to Donald Trump and then to Mike Pence. He has the honor of being the vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2012.
At the seeming height of his political career, Ryan announced that he will not seek re-election this year for his seat in the House. He said he is tired of just being a weekend dad to his 3 children and wants to spend more time at home with his family.
(Fox News) – House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November — a move that ends a nearly two decade career in Congress and comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year.
Ryan said in a press conference after meeting with House lawmakers that his primary motivation was so he could spend more time with his wife and children, who he said he did not want to remember him as a “weekend Dad.”
“If I am here for one more term, my kids will only ever have known me as a weekend Dad — I just can’t let that happen,” he said.
Ryan, who was first elected to Congress in 1998, said he believes Congress has achieved “a heck of a lot” under his leadership as speaker since 2015…
Some are saying that Ryan’s decision was partly due to his turbulent relationship with President Trump but if Ryan was being honest and it is for the sake of his kids, then you have to commend him for making that decision. If more dads were that committed to their children, America would be an entirely different country than it is today with less crime, less socialism and a lot less liberalism.