House Speaker Paul Ryan announced to his colleagues that he will retire at the end of his term, and it has come as a shock to Washington.
Ryan wants to spend more time with his family, stating that if he served another term, his children would only know him as a “weekend dad.”
“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January,” Brendan Buck, counselor to the speaker, said in a statement. “After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father. While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as Speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him.”