Rep. Pittenger reacts to Paul Ryan’s announcement to not run for re-election

Rep. Robert Pittenger speaks out about Paul Ryan's announcement to retire on April 11, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)

WASHINGTON (WWAY) — In a surprise announcement Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he’s done with Congress.

The speaker of the house is planning to put down his gavel — announcing his retirement to staff and GOP colleagues today on capitol hill.

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Ryan has held his seat in Wisconsin’s first district since 1999 and took over the leadership of the house in 2015.

This, ahead of a tough midterm election, that could have landed him the title minority leader.

“This year will be my last one as a member of the house,” Speaker Ryan said. “To be clear, I am not resigning. I intend to serve my full term as I was elected to do, but I will be retiring in January leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future.”

A source telling ABC News that Ryan called the president this morning to tell him about his plans to retire.

The president tweeting that he’s a good man and will quote “leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question.”

Congressman Robert Pittenger also spoke about Ryan and his decision retire.

“I think his legacy number one is his integrity,” Rep. Robert Pittenger said. “I know Paul very well, I go to the gym with him in the mornings. I’m with him a lot. And this is a man whose very principal, frankly, the fact that he wants to leave know and go be with his family speaks loudly about him.