Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year.
The Wisconsin Republican will retire from Congress this year.
Tennessee’s U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker responded to the news Wednesday.
Alexander said in a statement:
Paul Ryan has performed a difficult job with dignity, good humor and skill. His leadership made possible the two most important laws of the last Congress—fixing No Child Left Behind and 21st Century Cures—and the most important law of this Congress, the first major tax reform passed in 31 years. I hope we have not seen the last of his leadership in public life.
Corker tweeted his thoughts.
My friend @SpeakerRyan is a man of great integrity and has served his district and our country well for many years. I appreciate his leadership and thank him for his service.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) April 11, 2018
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann also responded.
In a prepared statement, he said:
I want to thank Speaker Ryan for his patriotic service to the Republican Party and in the United States House of Representatives. During his almost twenty years in the House, Speaker Ryan has epitomized what it means to lead our country forward with strong conservative values and commitment to a limited government.
Throughout my time in the House, I have come to know Speaker Ryan as a friend and colleague. Since his time as Chairman of Ways and Means, his tireless work to provide Americans with a fairer and simpler tax code, and success in this endeavor, will continue as his legacy in both the House and homes of the American people. I wish my friend well in his retirement as he enjoys more time in the best role – that of a husband and father.