Wisconsin reacts to Ryan's departure

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

(WLUK) -- Republicans and Democrats are reacting to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not run for reelection.

Rep. Glenn Grothman said Ryan is a beloved member of Congress.

Rep. Mike Gallagher said:

I want to sincerely thank Paul Ryan for his decades of service to, and sacrifices for, the state of Wisconsin and this countryI feel fortunate that I had the opportunity serve alongside him during my first term in Congress. He is an honorable man with many accomplishments, but most importantly he is a humble public servant who has never once lost sight of his Wisconsin roots and values. While his service and leadership will be missed greatly in the House, Paul has more than earned his right to a private life with his family in Janesville, and I could not be happier for him.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said:

As dear friends of Paul and Janna for more than 20 years, Tonette and I simply say “thank you” to them and their family. On behalf of the more than five and a half million people of Wisconsin, we thank them for their deep dedication and service to our state and our country. While Paul leaves behind a far-reaching, reform-minded legacy and a long list of achievements in Congress, I believe this is just the beginning for him.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin said in part:

Paul Ryan has been a passionate advocate for Wisconsin and a dedicated public servant for two decades. A tireless fighter for conservative principles, Paul was an ideas guy who was always fighting for hard-working Wisconsin families. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Paul for everything he has done for Wisconsin and the Republican Party.

In a statement, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin said:

There are three patterns Republicans are following in this divisive, unAmerican age of Donald Trump -- follow him, fight him or quit. Ryan is leaving, some Republicans on the national stage are willing to fight him while here in Wisconsin Scott Walker has chosen to follow the toxic GOP brand. His retirement is an admission by Speaker Ryan that his constituents do not approve of tax cuts for the rich at the expense of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Ryan could not win over his constituents to his damaging tax plan, let alone the nation.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin said:

Before I was elected to the Senate I served with Paul Ryan in the House and have spent many years working with him on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. We know each other well and while we have different views on policy, I consider him a friend and have a lot of respect for him as a person and a public servant. This was a difficult decision to make, and I wish Paul and his family all the best in the future.

Members of the State Legislature also reacted to Ryan's announcement.

Speaker Robin Vos said:

Paul has been perhaps the best congressman Wisconsin has ever sent to Washington and also one of the best speakers to have gaveled Congress into session. His commitment to serving the people of Wisconsin and the United States is unparalleled. I am happy for my friend and his family, but sad for the 1st Congressional District and our country because men like him don't come around often.

Some rejoiced at Ryan's upcoming departure.

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about Ryan:

When you look up ‘White Privilege’ in the dictionary, you see Paul Ryan’s photo. With few actual accomplishments Paul Ryan was somehow placed on a pedestal as some gifted intellectual. Paul Ryan proved that in America if you’re born rich you can still achieve your dreams of one day giving yourself a massive tax break if you hang around Washington, D.C. long enough. Now he will have more time to spend with his family and contemplate his legacy, the $1.5 trillion in debt he’s left with our children.

Ryan will serve out his term and retire in January according to Brendan Buck, Ryan's adviser.

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