WASHINGTON- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday dismissed a report claiming he is considering retirement following the expiration of his term in Jan. 2019.
“I ain’t goin’ anywhere,” Ryan told inquiring reporters upon leaving the Capitol.
Ryan’s Press Secretary Ashlee Strong also dismissed the report.
Ryan has served in Congress since 1999. He assumed the speakership in Nov. 2015 following the resignation of Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Boehner resigned due to tensions with far-right elements of the GOP, most notably the House Freedom Caucus.
The POLITICO report suggests that though Ryan is supported by the majority of House Republicans, frustration over attempts to effectively unite different factions of the party could be behind the prospective decision.