House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is seeking to squash whispers circulating on Capitol Hill that he is nearing the end his legislative career and will retire sometime in 2018.
Reports surfacing last week from Politico, HuffPost and CNN includes the citation of sources close to Ryan who say the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee and 10-term Republican is tired of the political grind in Washington and wants to spend more time at home with his family, which includes three adolescent children.
Speculation over Ryan’s impending departure from political life also largely revolves the theory that passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act cemented Ryan’s legacy as speaker.
Both the HuffPost and Politico essays suggest Ryan, a known budget hawk and entitlement reformer, achieved a long-sought goal with tax reform and will leave Washington after the accomplishment.
Moreover, with early polling giving the Democrats an edge in mid-term elections next November, some surmise a potential loss of the House to the opposition and turning over the gavel to top Democrat Nancy Pelosi has had an affect on Ryan’s future.
Ryan, however, will have none of it: Informed of the speculation rampant in Congress, Ryan reportedly told President Trump and his caucus he is staying put.
“I actually think that piece was very irresponsible. It was a speculative piece. And it was faulty speculation, and I wanted to put it to rest,” Ryan told reporters referring to suggestions his exit from Congress was impending.
Despite swift denials, often with a chuckle, Ryan has not yet announced his intent to mount a reelection campaign to continue representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.
Ryan, who has until June 1 to file necessary paperwork to reclaim his seat, has not filed to enter the race.
[Roll Call] [Photo courtesy Getty Images via Politico]