House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he will not seek re-election in November after spending nearly 20 years in Congress. Ryan says he doesn’t want to be remembered by his teenaged kids as a “weekend Dad.”
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November -- a move that ends a nearly two decade career in Congress and comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year.
Ryan said in a press conference after meeting with House lawmakers that his primary motivation was so he could spend more time with his wife and children, who he said he did not want to remember him as a “weekend Dad.”
“If I am here for one more term, my kids will only ever have known me as a weekend Dad -- I just can’t let that happen,” he said.