House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election
WASHINGTON (NBC) -
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has told his staff and GOP lawmakers that he will not seek another term in Congress.
Some staff were seen walking out of his office shortly before Ryan made the announcement to GOP lawmakers.
The move came largely as a surprise to many in his party.
He had just hosted a donor retreat last week in Texas, but the speaker has been opaque about his plans for the last several months.
According to a statement from top aide Brendan Buck, the speaker will finish out his term and retire in January.
The speaker said through his top aide that he is looking forward to spending more time being a husband and a father.
He thanked his colleagues for the trust they placed in him as speaker.
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Ryan announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning.
Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement that Ryan was proud of his achievements and ready to focus on his family. Buck said Ryan will serve out his term and retire in January.
Ryan's plans add to GOP uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing their majority in the fall.