House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not run for re-election, which means Republicans will have to fill that void in order to keep their majority. USA TODAY
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan just announced that he won’t run for re-election, after serving in the House for nearly 20 years and asÂ Speaker for nearly three.
Ryan cited family as his reason to leave the House, saying he was proud of what he had accomplished but that he did not want his kids to know him only as a “weekend dad.”
Here’s a look back at some of Ryan’s pivotal career moments since he entered politics.
Elected to Congress
Ryan was elected to represent the 1st district of Wisconsin in 1998Â at 28 years old, which made him the second-youngest member of the House. He has been re-elected ever since.
During his time as a representative,Â Ryan was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
He also delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union in 2011.
2012 Vice Presidential Campaign
Ryan was Mitt Romney’s running mate for the 2012 election. The ticket was defeated by the Obama-Biden ticket, receiving 47.2 percent of the vote.
Some Republicans have since encouraged Ryan to pursue a presidential bid. After rumors that he could become the party’s 2016 presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention, Ryan said he did not want and would not accept the nomination.
Elected Speaker of the House
Ryan was elected asÂ Speaker of the House in October 2015, after John Boehner retired Â suddenly.
Though Ryan had originally supported current Majority LeaderÂ Kevin McCarthy for the position andÂ released a statement saying he would not be a candidate, he reconsidered after pressure from House Republicans.
He was elected with 236 votes on October 29, 2015.
Passed MajorÂ Tax Overhaul
Ryan met one of his majorÂ goals for Congress by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.Â The bill, which overhauled U.S. tax code, lowered tax rates for businesses and individuals. It also eliminated the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
Both houses of Congress passed the $1.5 trillionÂ billÂ and it was signed into law inÂ December 2017. Ryan has been a longtime supporter of tax reform, emphasizing helping the middle class.
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