US House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election and will retire from Congress after this year, his office announced on Wednesday, adding to the uncertainty about whether Republicans can maintain control of the lower chamber.
"He will serve out his full term, run through the tape and then retire in January. After nearly 20 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," Buck said.
The exit of the 48-year-old clean-cut conservative would be a major blow to the Republican party ahead of November's mid-term elections.
Ryan had long championed tax reform, a goal accomplished with the passage last year of the sweeping GOP tax bill.
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