This week, Speaker Ryan joined Wisconsin radio to discuss his decision to retire after 20 years of serving Wisconsin’s First District. Listen to his interviews with WISN’s “The Mark Belling Show” and WLCO’s “Your Talk Show” with Tim Bremel and check out excerpts below.
Speaker Ryan: “Anybody who knows anything about me, or knows me personally, knows that the causes that I’ve been fighting for all the years I’ve been in Congress, I’ve achieved much of them. And they know that I’m a guy who adores my family and wants to have more than just a weekend dad posture with my family…I feel gratified and satisfied that I’ve been able to make a big difference. Particularly in rewriting the tax code for the first time in 31 years—that’s something I’ve been working on all my time here. And I just feel 20 years in Congress is a perfect period of time to have served.”
Speaker Ryan: “I’m honored to have done this. I feel like we’ve done a great deal in a short period of time. Whether it’s rebuilding the military, deregulating the economy, putting us on a path for finding cures for things like cancer, to overhauling the entire tax system. So there are so many things. Enterprise zones is something that people don’t really know is done, but it’s in law now. I worked on that when I was a Jack Kemp staffer. So I’ve gotten so many things done that I came to do.”
Speaker Ryan: “I’m very pleased with all the things that we’ve done. I got our party to run on an agenda in ’16, and we’re executing that agenda. And we’ve gotten most of it through, into law already. We’ve got a few more things to do still this year with respect the Farm Bill and workforce development, and career technical education, and infrastructure. So we’ve got more to do just this year.”
Speaker Ryan: “All the political people say what you should do is run for reelection, make everyone think you’re staying, and then just resign the week after the election—which means lie to everybody, be dishonest. I could not do that. I simply could not do that to my employers. And I can’t ask people to go fight for me for an election, put up yard signs, and 4x8’s, and literature drops, only to say, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ a week after the election. That would have been so disrespectful to this district and to my employers that I just could not in good conscience do that.”