WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) 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.
Representative 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 he 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 (D-IL) 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.