Speaker Ryan retiring in 2018 is ‘pure speculation,' spokesperson says

MADISON, Wis. - A spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan says a Politico article claiming he plans to retire in 2018 is "pure speculation."

Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker, the Politico article says.

"This is pure speculation," Ryan's spokesperson wrote in an email to News 3. "The speaker himself said today, he's not going anywhere any time soon."

Gov. Scott Walker said in a tweet that he spoke with Ryan, and is confident that the speaker will be sticking around. 



Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. said he is confident that Ryan will be staying in Congress for a long time. 

“As a leader of the conservative movement, his work is far from over and I’m confident his real plans are to remain in Congress as Speaker for many years to come," Vos said. 

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