House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Run for Re-Election in November

Paul Ryan say he won't seek re-election

Axios: Paul Ryan confidants say he's not running again

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election, people close to the Wisconsin lawmaker said Wednesday.

Axios was the first to report the news Wednesday. They did not say why Ryan has decided not to run.

"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his previous year as a member of the House", Ryan aide Brendan Buck said in a statement. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January.

Ryan's future on Capitol Hill had been a topic of conversation ahead of a hard campaign season, as Republicans try to keep the House majority.

Ryan, who was elected speaker in 2015 to replace outgoing John Boehner, is among a wave of House Republicans who have retired or announced they will not seek re-election in this year's mid-term elections.

Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, confirmed that Ryan would not be seeking re-election.

The party has seen a large number of retirements, and Ryan's exit is certain to sap morale as Republicans seek to contain a surge in enthusiasm from Democrats, whose fortunes have been buoyed by the unpopularity of President Donald Trump. "Obviously, there's a lot of speculation, but I've been real clear for a long time, I don't want to get into speculation", he told Fox News, adding, "We've got to make sure we keep the majority".

"He is not running for reelection", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

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