House Speaker Paul Ryan has confirmed to his colleagues that he will not seek re-election and is expected to address the matter publicly.

The Daily Caller reports:

The news comes as rumors that Ryan would retire in the coming months have continued to surface. Ryan, who has been speaker since 2015, told members close to him as well as his staffers that he would not seek re-election Wednesday morning.

The question now is who will replace Ryan as speaker. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise announced his interest in Ryan’s job publicly in an interview in late March.

The Louisiana Republican said he would be very interested in “moving up” in leadership and mentioned that he believes he has a “strong influence” on legislation in Congress in an interview with Politico.

Ryan, a 48-year-old Jack Kemp protege from Janesville, Wisconsin was first elected to Congress in 1998. He has served as Speaker of the House for just under three years.

Read more at American Action News

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