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On Wisconsin Radio, Congressman Ryan Looks Back, and Ahead

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April 25, 2018 | Jordan Dunn | comments

Last week, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared on WISN’s The Mark Belling Show and WCLO’s Your Talk Show with Tim Bremel to discuss his decision to retire and the accomplishments he has achieved during his 20 year career of serving Wisconsin’s First District. Excerpts from his remarks are listed below.

The Mark Belling Show:

Anybody who knows anything about me, or knows me personally, knows that the causes that I’ve been fighting for all the years I’ve been in Congress, I’ve achieved much of them. And they know that I’m a guy who adores my family and wants to have more than just a weekend dad posture with my family…I feel gratified and satisfied that I’ve been able to make a big difference. Particularly in rewriting the tax code for the first time in 31 years—that’s something I’ve been working on all my time here. And I just feel 20 years in Congress is a perfect period of time to have served.

“I’m honored to have done this. I feel like we’ve done a great deal in a short period of time. Whether it’s rebuilding the military, deregulating the economy, putting us on a path for finding cures for things like cancer, to overhauling the entire tax system. So there are so many things. Enterprise zones is something that people don’t really know is done, but it’s in law now. I worked on that when I was a Jack Kemp staffer. So I’ve gotten so many things done that I came to do.”

Your Talk Show:

“I’m very pleased with all the things that we’ve done. I got our party to run on an agenda in ’16, and we’re executing that agenda. And we’ve gotten most of it through, into law already. We’ve got a few more things to do still this year with respect the Farm Bill and workforce development, and career technical education, and infrastructure. So we’ve got more to do just this year.”

I’m a Janesville guy. I live on the block I grew up on. My backyard touched the backyard I grew up on. I always just believe you serve the district and this isn’t your thing. All the political people say what you should do Is run for reelection, make everyone think you’re staying and then just resign the week after the election, which means lie to everybody, be dishonest…That would have been so disrespectful to this district and to my employers that I just could not in good conscience do that.”

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