Paul Ryan will not seek reelection

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"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his previous year as a member of the House", Brendan Buck said.

And Republicans are expected to face a tough slog to retain the House majority in the 2018 election. Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 1999, and though sources say it's likely he would receive a re-election bid, he would have a more hard opponent to face in Democrat Randy Bryce.

Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998. "He will be successful in any future endeavor and I wish him all the best".

Axios was the first to report the news Wednesday.

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US House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, has told fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives that he will not seek re-election in November, his office said. Ryan, 48, was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2012, running with Mitt Romney in a failed bid against Democrat President Barack Obama. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late previous year.

To do otherwise, Cantor told The Washington Post in an interview, would be to "abdicate" power and send a signal that Republicans had no chance of keeping the majority.

"He will discuss his decision at a press conference immediately following the member meeting".

One source with the conservative bloc, the House Freedom Caucus, says McCarthy is, at this early stage, likely to have the support to become the next Speaker with the group's chairman Rep. Mark Meadows a front-runner to become Majority Leader.

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