Politico: House Speaker Paul Ryan leaving Congress after 2018

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama's new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Rep. Ryan, who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, says he hopes that lawmakers and the administration could agree on ways to finance expanding the EITC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (WBAY) – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has his “eyes on the exits,” according to a report from Politico.

The report suggests those close to the Janesville Republican do not believe he will stay in Congress beyond 2018.

“He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP,” reads the story published Thursday by Tim Alberta and Rachael Bade.

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Ryan was asked Thursday if he was plotting an exit, and he said, “no.”

Ryan was elected to the House of Representatives in 1999 and he became a young star of the Republican party. Mitt Romney chose Ryan as his running mate during the 2012 presidential election.

Ryan was voted Speaker of the House in 2015, taking over for John Boehner.

Ryan recent achieved one of his main goals: pushing ahead a bill to overhaul and reform the tax system.

Ryan’s also had a mission to reform entitlements such as Social Security and Medicaid.

Ryan’s faced push back from the Freedom Caucus, which is the conservative wing of Congress.

The Politico report says Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise are possible candidates for the speaker job should Ryan retire.

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