It’s news that didn’t come as much of a surprise to a lot of political insiders – but it still has all of Washington talking. Paul Ryan, the popular Speaker of the House and a leading Republican is retiring.
Though he has been on the Hill for more than two decades, Ryan, who is only 48 is calling it a career.
Or is he?
Some wonder if he’s just putting enough political distance between himself and Donald Trump in an effort to preserve his reputation and potentially mount a campaign for 2020. With speculation of a contested GOP primary or Trump not seeking re-election – Ryan may be the safe-bet Republicans are looking for?
There is a lot of speculation about Ryan’s next move. Will he take a tour of the private sector and opt for a career with a lot more money?
What’s next is anyone’s guess – and that’s where our experts can help.
Mark Caleb Smith is the Director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University. Mark is available to speak with media regarding Paul Ryan and his announced retirement. Simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.
Mark Caleb Smith, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science
Dr. Smith is an expert in American politics, campaigns & elections, and constitutional law.