WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), announces he will not seek re-election for another term in Congress, during a news conference at the US. Capitol, on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Paul Ryan plans to serve out the remainder of his term and retire in January, marking 20 years in Congress.
On Wednesday, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election after this term. President Trump, Wisconsin politicians and other organizations are giving their opinion about Ryan's decision. In a tweet, President Trump commented on Ryan's retirement: "Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!"
Governor Scott Walker released the following statement regarding Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to retire from the U.S. House of Representatives: "As dear friends of Paul and Janna for more than 20 years, Tonette and I simply say 'thank you' to them and their family. On behalf of the more than five and a half million people of Wisconsin, we thank them for their deep dedication and service to our state and our country. While Paul leaves behind a far-reaching, reform-minded legacy and a long list of achievements in Congress, I believe this is just the beginning for him."
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) issued the following statement regarding Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will not run for re-election: “Paul Ryan is a person of true integrity who I have had the great fortune to know over the last eight years. He has served Janesville, southeastern Wisconsin and our nation honorably. We should all be grateful for his sacrifice and understand his desire to be a full-time Dad.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) released the following statement on Speaker Ryan's decision not to seek re-election: "Before I was elected to the Senate I served with Paul Ryan in the House and have spent many years working with him on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. We know each other well and while we have different views on policy, I consider him a friend and have a lot of respect for him as a person and a public servant. This was a difficult decision to make, and I wish Paul and his family all the best in the future."
Shortly after Ryan's retirement announcement, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told TODAY'S TMJ4, "[Ryan is] going to find it's difficult or he knows it's difficult for him to defend his record. Just like the Governor knows it's difficult to defend his record -- so you're seeing a lot of retirements. People realize, politicians realize people want change. I think change is coming."
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released the following statement on Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement: "Paul Ryan has been a champion for his constituents and a respected leader among his peers. He has left an indelible mark on Congress as an institution, most notably helping to secure the largest tax cut for the American people in a generation. We are grateful for his service to our country and his leadership in our Party."
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said: "When I met Paul Ryan in 1998 during his first run for Congress, it was obvious he was someone of incredible talent and amazing ability. Now 20 years later, his record and accomplishments speak for themselves. Paul has been perhaps the best congressman Wisconsin has ever sent to Washington and also one of the best speakers to have gaveled Congress into session. His commitment to serving the people of Wisconsin and the United States is unparalleled."
Randy Bryce campaign communications director Lauren Hitt released the following statement: "Paul Ryan decided to quit today rather than face Randy Bryce and the voters. With nearly $5 million raised to date, a strong field program aided by organized labor, a broad coalition of support locally and nationally, Randy Bryce is incredibly well positioned to be the next representative for the First District. Electorates far more conservative than Wisconsin's First have already elected Democrats in special elections in Wisconsin and across the country."
State Senator Alberta Darling released the following statement: "Wisconsin has a long history of producing great leaders, and Paul Ryan is one of its greatest. Paul always answered the call when his leadership was needed, yet never lost track of his roots. He worked tirelessly to represent his district and Wisconsin. Despite all of his accomplishments in Washington, there is no more important task than to be a husband and a father. I know he looks forward to spending more time with his family and wish him well in retirement. I'm honored to have Paul as a friend."
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) issued the following statement: "Paul Ryan will leave an indelible mark upon this institution. I am honored to have served with him and blessed to call him my friend. I've had the privilege of knowing Paul and his family throughout his career - from first-time candidate and junior lawmaker, to vice presidential candidate and committee chairman, to his current role as Speaker of the House. I wish him the best and know that he looks forward to spending more time with his wife and kids."
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement: "Speaker Ryan and I have worked together for many years. We served together on the Budget Committee for nearly a decade and shared countless flights to and from Wisconsin. As he considers the legacy he will leave in Congress, I hope he finds the courage to put the interests of the American public first. I wish him and his family the best of luck as he embarks on the next chapter of his career."
State Senator Van Wanggaard, Majority Caucus Chair: "I cannot imagine a better friend personally, politically or legislatively than Paul Ryan. I am saddened, but understand, his announcement that he will not seek re-election. It is a sad moment for southeastern Wisconsin and the country.In an often cynical business, one of Paul's defining characteristics for me, was his ability to see the best in people, and always be hopeful about the strength of individuals and the country. He knows politics is not a zero-sum, us vs. them game, and that a rising tide lifts all ships."
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez released the following statement: "Speaker Ryan's retirement is an indictment of Republican leadership that has failed to provide meaningful results for the American people. Instead, Republicans have voted to cut funding for Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, student loans, public schools, and SNAP benefits, while trying to take health care away from millions of American families. They opposed measures to close the gender pay gap and viciously attacked a woman's right to make decisions about her own body."
NextGen America President Tom Steyer "History will not be kind to Paul Ryan. He will not be remembered as a visionary or a great legislator, but as a weak representative that compromised what little integrity he had to appease Donald Trump and an authoritarian administration...Although he and so many of his colleagues will be defeated in 2018, Paul Ryan is not retiring because he is going to lose in November. Paul Ryan is retiring because he already lost."
Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin Brad Courtney released the following statement:
"I first met Paul Ryan at the house of Waukesha County Chairman Don Taylor in 1998. He was and still is one of the most classy, down-to-earth people you will ever meet - treating everyone with dignity. Whether it was serving as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential nominee, chairing two committees, or most recently as Speaker, Paul Ryan has accomplished things that have made us incredibly proud."
Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Chairwoman Martha Laning said: "There are three patterns Republicans are following in this divisive, unAmerican age of Donald Trump -- follow him, fight him or quit...His retirement is an admission by Speaker Ryan that his constituents do not approve of tax cuts for the rich at the expense of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Ryan could not win over his constituents to his damaging tax plan, let alone the nation."
Voces de la Frontera released a statement with a quote from DACA recipient Fernanda Jimenez:
"Paul Ryan said that he supported us and would defend DACA, but he never did one thing for the 800,000 families protected by the program. Ryan has been a liar and a hypocrite when it comes to defending undocumented families and workers. We are still hungry for justice, and while we haven't won the clean Dream Act yet, Paul Ryan's exit means we are one step closer today."
Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, released the following statement: "Speaker Ryan's decision to not run in 2018 is further evidence of Republican vulnerability on the issue of gun safety. As voter intensity on this issue increases, the politicians paid to defend the firearms industry are becoming aware of the fact that they can longer get away with staying silent. They know the same Americans who took to the streets to march for safer communities, will soon march to the ballot box."
Wisconsin Right to Life's Executive Director Heather Weininger released the following statement: "Wisconsin Right to Life thanks Speaker Paul Ryan for his service both to Wisconsin and our country. Ryan has spent his entire career supporting the right to life cause, and we will truly miss his leadership in Congress. On a more personal note, I worked with Paul during my days on Capitol Hill and always admired his integrity, determination, and good nature. We wish him well as he embarks upon this new season."