On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced to his Republican colleagues that he would be retiring from Congress following the completion of his term. Following the announcement, Senior Deputy Majority Whip Dennis Ross announced he too would not be seeking re-election in the November midterm elections.
Per ABC News:
“It’s a big job with a lot riding on you and you feel it. You realize you hold the office for a small part of our history… and I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” Ryan said at a morning news conference.
“I did not seek this job. I took it reluctantly. But I have given this job everything I have,” he said. “To be clear, I am not resigning. I will serve my full term as I was elected to do.”
Counselor to Speaker Ryan Brendan Buck added, “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.”
President Trump responded to the resignation announcement over social media, complimenting the Wisconsin Representative for his service.
“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!” Trump tweeted.
Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also addressed Ryan’s retirement.
“The Speaker has been an avid advocate for his point of view and for the people of his district,” Pelosi said in a statement, per ABC News. “Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country. During his final months, Democrats are hopeful that he joins us to work constructively to advance better futures for all Americans.”
Later on Wednesday, Ross – who represents Florida’s 15th district – made his announcement not to seek re-election.
“It has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve my community as a Member of Congress and I am grateful for the encouragement and input of family, friends, and neighbors over the years. After thoughtful prayer and consideration, my wife Cindy and I decided that I will not seek re-election for a fifth-term in office. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve and I look forward to the next chapter of my life which will include, in some way, continued public service.”
“I never viewed this amazing opportunity as a job or a career. My home has been and will continue to be in Lakeland, Florida. I look forward to returning to the practice of law and to pursuing opportunities to increase civic education for our youth, and young adults, and with that encourage more engagement and participation of future generations in government.”
— ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2018