What's next for Ryan and his congressional seat?

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-1st District (Photo source: Office of Rep. Paul Ryan)

(WLUK) -- Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican from Burlington, says he'll decide by Friday whether to run.

But Democrats want to flip the seat.

With Speaker Paul Ryan ready for retirement and spend more time with family, it's still unclear what he'll do next.

Ryan has said multiple times he's not interested in a presidential bid.

If he changes his mind, UW-Green Bay Political science professor David Helpap says retirement could work in Ryan's favor.

"To step back now and get into a race two years, four years, eight years down the road, he will still be young enough to be a perfectly viable candidate," said David Helpap.

Gov. Scott Walker, who's friends with Ryan, says the speaker is not a politician.

"Paul's a policy guy... Paul was always the guy pushing big ideas. The good news is, even at the end of this year when his term's complete, he'll still be talking about big ideas just in a different position no matter where he lands after this," said Gov. Walker.

Ryan's departure means the state's 1st congressional district is up for grabs.

"Open seats have the potential to be a little bit more competitive," Helpap said.

The chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin said in part "Wisconsin Republicans are committed to keeping this Congressional seat and I am confident that our eventual nominee will uphold Paul Ryan's legacy of principled, conservative leadership."

In a statement, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said "As Paul Ryan heads for the exit, Democrats are fighting to make sure that his Republican colleagues join him in retirement come November."

"I think there are some signs there, for Democrats, that this has the potential for it to be a good year but at the same time, November is a long ways away and a lot can happen between now and then," Helpap said.

Walker, who's up for reelection this year, talked about what Republicans need to do to keep the first district red.

"I think whoever runs and there will probably be many, they need to do what the rest of us are gonna do on the state is layout a clear vision about how to keep moving Wisconsin forward," Walker said.

Ryan has said he will serve out his term and retire from Congress in January.

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