Smith Statement on Speaker Ryan Not Seeking Re-Election

I gave the following statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will retire at the end of his term: 

It has been a great pleasure to serve with Speaker Paul Ryan in the People’s House for nearly 20 years. He is a real workhorse and I understand how after much time away on the job he is making this decision to be with his family.

Speaker Ryan has provided conservative leadership needed to enact important legislation for the American people. His legacy in Congress will be that of fighting for taxpayers – last year the House passed and the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the biggest update to the tax code in more than 30 years. The bill reduced taxes, has given bigger paychecks to families and is continuing to result in new jobs for Americans.

Also important to Texas’ 21st district, Speaker Ryan has prioritized rebuilding our country’s military by advancing legislation that makes the investments needed to get our troops ready to deploy, get our planes and pilots back in the air, and rebuild military infrastructure. I look forward to serving out the rest of this Congress with Speaker Ryan.


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