Report says House Speaker Paul Ryan may retire in 2018, he says it’s not true

4:31 p.m Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 Politics
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, may retire from Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report in Politico.

“In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018,” the article by Tim Alberta and Rachael Bade says.

Read the full Politico story here

Ryan denied the report was true in a call with President Donald Trump Thursday.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Ryan “assured the president that those were not accurate reports and that they look forward to working together for a long time.”

Ryan became speaker in October 2015 after former Speaker John Boehner stepped down after five turbulent years.

Republicans rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan to elect him the House’s 54th speaker on Thursday as a splintered GOP turned to the youthful but battle-tested lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year’s elections..

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