Paul Ryan Considering Resigning in 2018

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CNN’s Phil Mattingly reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering resigning after the 2018 midterm elections after two years serving as speaker.

Paul Ryan ‘Soul Searching,’ Possible He Could Leave Congress After 2018 Elections

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan has been in that job since October 2015
  • Politico reported Thursday that he’s considering leaving after next year’s elections

(CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan has had soul searching conversations about his future with friends, some of his close friends tell CNN.

Those people close to Ryan told CNN they believe it is possible that he could leave Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, if he can achieve his goal of passing GOP backed overhaul of the US tax system. Some say his departure could possibly happen even sooner. Some friends indicate that Ryan may be suffering from a bout of “Trump-haustion,” but others believe there is serious contemplation of leaving Congress in 2018.

According to people close to Ryan, the idea that he would resign immediately after tax reform, because it’s all he’s ever wanted, is not accurate. Ryan particularly dislikes the toll the job takes on his family, according to multiple sources.

Politico published a report Thursday attributed to unidentified sources that Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has made clear to those around him that he “would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress.”

Ryan vehemently denied the report, telling reporters that he is here to stay.

“I ain’t goin’ anywhere,” Ryan told reporters while exiting the Capitol when asked about the retirement rumors.

Ryan’s office expanded on his denial of the Politico report.

“This is pure speculation,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement. “As the speaker himself said today, he’s not going anywhere any time soon.”

President Donald Trump called Ryan following the release of the Politico story, a Ryan aide told CNN. “The speaker reassured the President ‘I’m not going anywhere!’ the aide said.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy completely dismissed the Politico report as “not true.”

Ryan has been speaker of the House since October 2015.

McCain Eyes Exit from Senate Amid ‘Stress’ from Growing Trump Dossier Scandal

John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator’s fragile health.

It is not clear whether McCain plans to outright retire from the Senate or simply focus on his Stage IV cancer treatments away from Washington, D.C. but many GOP insiders believe McCain’s last days in the Senate are close.

Likely, McCain will not return after the Christmas break, many folks have privately confided.

McCain has been away for the Senate all week, missing votes and debate about a number of topics including tax cuts.

This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.

It is hard to tell if McCain’s health is genuinely declining or not because he has played that card often to slip and slide out of answering questions for his role in Fusion GPS’ bogus Trump dossier.

  • Emergency surgery.
  • Late stage cancer diagnosis.
  • Bad Achilles.
  • Boot on the wrong foot.
  • The wheelchair.
  • Now the hospital.

McCain could in fact need all these medical devices and treatments. Or they could be props. Historically, McCain has been proven to simply lie. So it is hard for many to trust what he claims.

A few weeks ago when McCain had vanished due to health reasons — again avoiding questions about the Trump dossier — he turned up in Italy slamming President Donald Trump.

What is a guy with advanced brain cancer doing on a weekend junket to Italy if he is supposed to be treating his disease?

That is the problem with folks who use illness for political gain: You never can tell if they are truly sick and if you criticize them for play acting when they are sick, then you can be easily labeled as insensitive. A guy like McCain is savvy enough to exploit such grey area.

Here is the news video of what was reported at the time of his diagnosis:

Perhaps McCain will be back after the break, but this time there seems to be a growing chorus that his days in the Senate are winding down.

This from CNN on Thursday regarding McCain’s health:

The sources described McCain as looking increasingly frail and said he has not spoken up in recent GOP meetings the way he had before, in addition to his absence this week for treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.

One source said that McCain always used to speak up in these meetings, and that he hasn’t at all recently. The source was not commenting on McCain’s mental acuity, but on his energy level, and pointing out that his lack of participation was not normal. One well known side effect of cancer treatments is fatigue.

HMMMM?: A List of Legislators LEAVING the U.S. CONGRESS and U.S. SENATE by Retiring, Running for Other Office, RESIGNING, or Not Running Again

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Source for Congressional members   CNN
By Adam LevyWade Payson-Denney and Ashley Killough, CNN

Updated 2:58 PM ET, Mon December 4, 2017

Washington (CNN)This fall has seen a steady stream of Republican House members announcing their plans to resign, retire or run for another office.

As moderate Republican members Dave Reichert and Charlie Dent prepare to leave Congress, conservatives want stronger allies in their seats, while Democrats see an opportunity to flip them.

Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who’ve maintained control of the House since 2011.

The campaign committees on both sides are eying the 23 Republicans defending districts that Hillary Clinton won, and the 12 held by Democrats in districts that President Donald Trump won as vulnerable seats to flip.

While midterm elections are historically tough for the party of the President in power, it’s too early to tell how things will unfold next year.

US Representatives Leaving Congress

Rep. Sam Johnson (R, TX-3) via press release on 1/6/17
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R, KS-2); via Facebook post on 1/25/17
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL-27); told the Miami Herald on 4/30/17
Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (R, TN-2); told local media on 7/31/17
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D, MA-3); via press release on 8/9/17
Rep. Dave Reichert (R, WA-9) via press release on 9/6/17
Rep. Charlie Dent (R, PA-15) via press release on 9/7/17
Rep. Dave Trott (R, MI-11), via press release on 9/11/17
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH-1), via statement on 10/6/17
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R, TX-5), via email to supporters on 10/31/2017
Rep. Lamar Smith (R, TX-21), via statement on 11/2/2017
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2), via statement on 11/7/2017
Rep. Ted Poe (R, TX-2), via Facebook on 11/7/17
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R, VA-6) via social media and statement on 11/9/17
Rep. Gene Green (D, TX-29) via local media on 11/13/17
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D, IL-4) at press conference on 11/28/17
Rep. Joe Barton (R, TX-6) to Dallas Morning News on 11/30/17
Rep. Sander Levin (D, MI-9) via Detroit Free Press on 12/2/17
Resigned or resigning

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R, UT-3); left House on 6/30/17 to become a Fox News contributor (Republican Rep. Jim Curtis won the special election November 7 and was sworn in last month)

Rep. Tim Murphy (R, PA-18), announced via statement on 10/4/17, will leave on 10/21/17 (Special election TBA)

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R, OH-12), announced via statement on 10/19/17, will leave “by January 31, 2018” (Special election TBA)

Rep. John Conyers (D, MI), announced via talk news radio 12/05/17

Running for other office
Running for President
Rep. John Delaney (D, MD-6); announced via The Washington Post on 7/31/17
Running for Governor
Rep. Kristi Noem (R, SD-AL); via YouTube on 11/14/16
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D, NM-1); via Youtube on 12/13/16
Rep. James Renacci (R, OH-16); via campaign video on 3/20/17
Rep. Tim Walz (D, MN-1); via local newspaper on 3/27/17
Rep. Raul Labrador (R, ID-1); via local media on 5/9/17
Rep. Jared Polis (D, CO-2); told Denver Post on 6/11/17
Rep. Steve Pearce (R, NM-2); told Albuquerque Journal on 7/10/17
Rep. Diane Black (R, TN-6); via Facebook post on 8/2/17
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D, HI-1); via release on 9/1/17
Running for the Senate
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D, TX-16); announced in El Paso on 3/31/17
Rep. Evan Jenkins (R, WV-3); via web video on 5/8/17
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D, NV-3); via The Nevada Independent on 7/5/17
Rep. Luke Messer (R, IN-6); via tweet on 7/26/17
Rep. Todd Rokita (R, IN-4); via YouTube on 8/9/17
Rep. Lou Barletta (R, PA-11); via campaign video on 8/29/17
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9) via YouTube video on 9/28/17
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R, TN-7), via online video 10/5/17

Senators Retiring or Resigning

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Retiring 2018
Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Retiring 2018
Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), announced Resignation 12/07/17

BALLOTPEDIA’S List of U.S. Congress incumbents who are not running for re-election in 2018


This lists the incumbent members of the 115th U.S. Congress who are not running for re-election in the 2018 Congressional elections (both U.S. Senate and U.S. House).

U.S. Senate members
  • Democratic Party 0 Democrats
  • Republican Party 2 Republicans
Name: Party: Current office:
Bob Corker Ends.png Republican Tennessee
Jeff Flake Ends.png Republican Arizona
U.S. House members

As of December 10, 2017, a total of 36 representatives will not seek re-election to their U.S. House districts.

Party breakdown:
Democratic Party 13 Democratic members of the U.S. House
Republican Party 23 Republican members of the U.S. House

Incumbents retiring from public office
  • Democratic Party 6 Democrats
  • Republican Party 13 Republicans
Name: Party: Current office:
Bob Goodlatte Ends.png Republican Virginia, District 6
Carol Shea-Porter Electiondot.png Democratic New Hampshire, District 1
Charles W. Dent Ends.png Republican Pennsylvania, District 15
Dave Reichert Ends.png Republican Washington, District 8
David Trott Ends.png Republican Michigan, District 11
Frank LoBiondo Ends.png Republican New Jersey, District 2
Gene Green Electiondot.png Democratic Texas, District 29
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Ends.png Republican Florida, District 27
Jeb Hensarling Ends.png Republican Texas, District 5
Joe Barton Ends.png Republican Texas, District 6
John Delaney Electiondot.png Democratic Maryland, District 6
John J. Duncan, Jr. Ends.png Republican Tennessee, District 2
Lamar Smith Ends.png Republican Texas, District 21
Luis V. Gutierrez Electiondot.png Democratic Illinois, District 4
Lynn Jenkins Ends.png Republican Kansas, District 2
Niki Tsongas Electiondot.png Democratic Massachusetts, District 3
Sam Johnson Ends.png Republican Texas, District 3
Sandy Levin Electiondot.png Democratic Michigan, District 9
Ted Poe Ends.png Republican Texas, District 2
Incumbents seeking other offices
U.S. House members seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate

Democratic Party 3 Democrats
Republican Party 5 Republicans

Name: Party: Current office:
Beto O’Rourke Electiondot.png Democratic Texas, District 16
Evan Jenkins Ends.png Republican West Virginia, District 3
Jacky Rosen Electiondot.png Democratic Nevada, District 3
Kyrsten Sinema Electiondot.png Democratic Arizona, District 9
Lou Barletta Ends.png Republican Pennsylvania, District 11
Luke Messer Ends.png Republican Indiana, District 6
Marsha Blackburn Ends.png Republican Tennessee, District 7
Todd Rokita Ends.png Republican Indiana, District 4
U.S. House members running for governor

Democratic Party 4 Democrats
Republican Party 5 Republicans

Name: Party: Current office:
Colleen Hanabusa Electiondot.png Democratic Hawaii, District 1
Diane Black Ends.png Republican Tennessee, District 6
Jared Polis Electiondot.png Democratic Colorado, District 2
James B. Renacci Ends.png Republican Ohio, District 16
Kristi L. Noem Ends.png Republican South Dakota, At-Large District
Michelle Lujan Grisham Electiondot.png Democratic New Mexico, District 1
Raul R. Labrador Ends.png Republican Idaho, District 1
Steve Pearce Ends.png Republican New Mexico, District 2
Tim Walz Electiondot.png Democratic Minnesota, District 1
Congressional incumbents who left office early or have announced upcoming resignations
Name: Party: Most recent office:
Al Franken Electiondot.png Democratic U.S. Senate, Minnesota
Jason Chaffetz Ends.png Republican U.S. House, Utah, District 3
Jeff Sessions Ends.png Republican U.S. Attorney General
John Conyers, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic U.S. House, Michigan, District 13
Michael “Mick” Mulvaney Ends.png Republican Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Mike Pompeo Ends.png Republican Director of the CIA
Patrick J. Tiberi Ends.png Republican U.S. House, Ohio, District 12
Ryan Zinke Ends.png Republican U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Tim Murphy Ends.png Republican U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 18
Tom Price Ends.png Republican Former Secretary of Health and Human Services
Trent Franks Ends.png Republican U.S. House, Arizona, District 8
Xavier Becerra Electiondot.png Democratic Attorney General of California
See also