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WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is leaving the speakership and retiring from Congress with “no regrets.” He says he has given the job “everything that I have.”

Ryan is explaining his decision to not seek re-election as one that was the best for his family. Ryan says he will serve out his term and retire in January. He says the headwinds facing Republicans in November played no factor in his decision.

Ryan says he came into Congress almost two decades ago, before he had any children. Now, all three of his children are teenagers.

Ryan says that if he were to stay for one more term, his children would only know him as a weekend dad and “I can’t let that happen.”

President Donald Trump says that while Ryan has decided not to run for re-election, Ryan leaves a “legacy of achievement.”

Trump says on Twitter Wednesday: “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!’

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