US Speaker not to seek re-election, to spend more time with family

Paul Ryan, the leading Republican in the US House of Representatives, will not seek re-election in November as he wants to spend more time with his family. Ryan, who spent 20 years in the House and reluctantly assumed the role as speaker in October 2015, said he did not want his three children to know him only as a weekend father. He will serve out his full term and retire in January. Trump described Ryan as “a truly good man” adding that he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. The 48-year-old congressman from Wisconsin told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honour of his life. Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the US Senate, praised Ryan as a good man who is always true to his word. Schumer hoped that in his remaining time in Congress, Ryan would break free from the hard-right factions of his caucus that have kept Congress from getting real things done. Majority leader Kevin McCarthy and majority whip Steve Scalise are seen as the top contenders for the speakership.