Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will not seek re-election:

“Paul is one of my best friends. He has fearlessly led this conference and championed ideas that are moving this country forward. We enacted generational tax reform, we are rebuilding our military, and we passed historic legislation to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. Paul’s leadership has pulled each of these and countless other victories across the finish line.

“Obviously, today is a sad day for me personally and for our conference, but Paul’s selfless leadership has put our conference and our country in a better place. There is more work to do this year, and we will do it together as a team. We will continue to carry the flag we carried as young guns, fighting every day to earn the support of the American people and continue to make our country stronger.”