Paul Ryan 'No Regrets': House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election By Susan Davis • Apr 11, 2018 Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election and will retire in January. "You all know I did not seek this job," Ryan said, addressing reporters. "I took it reluctantly. ... I have no regrets." Ryan, 48, cited wanting to be around his adolescent children more often. Welch Says Congress Dodging Debate On Guns By Bob Kinzel • Oct 11, 2017 Allen Breed / Associated Press Listen Listening... / 3:21 Rep. Peter Welch says he's disappointed that House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided not to pursue legislation that would ban the devices used in the Las Vegas shootings that allow semi automatic rifles to function more as automatic weapons.