Speaker Paul Ryan's office has confirmed that he will not seek re-election. Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 1999, and though sources say it's likely he would receive a re-election bid, he would have a more hard opponent to face in Democrat Randy Bryce.
In December of past year, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had called Ryan and the president made it clear he wouldn't be happy if Ryan quit Congress.
More than likely the next speaker will either be House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) or House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late past year.
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Just two weeks ago Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader and longtime Ryan friend, predicted the speaker would serve out his term, run for reelection and then decide his future in November. 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.
Ryan, 48, planned to face reporters later Wednesday morning.
The Republican from Wisconsin will retire in January before the start of the next legislative session, said Brendan Buck, counselor to the speaker. He was former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.