WASHINGTON (AP) Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election, his office announced today, injecting another layer of uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing their majority in the fall.
Ryans plans have been the source of much speculation and will set off a scramble among his lieutenants to take the helm. A self-styled budget guru, Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and a personal cause, and Congress delivered on that late last year.
Ryan, 48, announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans this morning, according to those present. His tone was somber, and he read directly from prepared remarks.