House members react to Speaker Ryan's retirement announcement

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WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will leave Congress after roughly two decades of serving Wisconsin's first congressional district.

Ryan made the announcement Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

Rep. Kristi Noem said, "I expected him to be done at the end of this Congress."

Noem shared some time with Ryan on the House Ways and Means Committee, before Ryan was pushed by the Republican colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House.

Noem said, "I think that Paul has served as speaker when he didn't even necessarily want to."

It's not all positive memories from House members.
Democrat Cheri Bustos, of Illinois, told us Ryan's legacy could be allowing the federal debt to skyrocket in order to give -- what she says -- is large tax breaks to the rich.

Bustos said, "I just don't think that I will be in a position where I can say... with any sincerity... that it was a job well done."

Ryan will remain in his speaker role through the end of his term.

Several legislators we spoke with say they don't have a problem with Ryan finishing out the term, as opposed to stepping down immediately.

Alaska's Rep. Don Young, a Republican, released the following statement: "Paul Ryan has been a great Speaker of the House, which is a difficult task. His experience and passion for conservative principles have allowed him to bring the House together at a crucial time in our nation's history. Serving in Congress while raising a family is very challenging and I understand how difficult it is to do both, but Speaker Ryan has served this body and the people of Wisconsin honorably. I'm grateful for his leadership here and for our friendship through the years. There is still work to be done in the House this Congress and I know he will continue to lead the body well."

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