Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 07: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaks to the media during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill,ÊJuly 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. Ryan spoke about FBI Director James Comey testifying today before the House Oversight And Government Reform Committee about Hillary Clinton emails. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

CBS NEWS – House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to announce that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Ryan joins the growing list of Republican House members also resigning from Congress.

More than 30 Republicans in the House and Senate have announced that they plan to leave Congress by the beginning of 2019.

Many speculated that Ryan would depart political office after helping successfully champion a rewrite of the U.S. tax code.

Ryan’s office, however, had denied the speculation that he was leaving anytime soon. 

Ryan spokesperson AshLee Strong told CBS News last week, “The speaker is not resigning.” 

In December of last year, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump made it clear he wouldn’t be happy if Ryan quit Congress.

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