MADISON (CNN/WKOW) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election. He announced his decision Wednesday morning.
In a press conference, he said he wants to focus more on his family.
"If I am here for one more term my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad, and I just can't let that happen," said Ryan. "So I will be setting new priorities in my life, but I will also be leaving incredibly proud of what we have accomplished."
Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015.
Some of Ryan's close friends previously told CNN that he might leave office after the 2018 midterms. Ryan said in a January interview with CBS News that re-election was a decision he and his wife were planning to make together in late spring, and in March he denied a rumor that he wouldn't seek re-election.
The news of Ryan's retirement was first reported by Axios.
Wednesday morning President Donald Trump Tweeted about the news, supporting Ryan's decision.
Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
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