House speaker Paul Ryan reportedly says he won't seek re-election

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

"After almost 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", Mr Buck said.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told his Republican colleagues that he will not seek re-election this November, his office said on Wednesday.

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Ryan's announcement is likely to set off a major battle for Republican leadership in the House. Ryan will remain on the job until the end of his term, the reports said. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late a year ago.

The lawmaker from Wisconsin, who has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015, was said to have phoned house majority leader Kevin McCarthy about his retirement shortly before the news broke.

Ryan's decision not to seek re-election will only reinforce the belief among Republicans that they will struggle to retain control of the chamber, Axios reported. He was former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

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More than 30 Republicans in the House and Senate have announced that they plan to leave Congress by the beginning of 2019.

Ryan and his wife have three children.

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