Janesville native Paul Ryan announced in April that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term, after more than two decades on Capitol Hill.
In his remarks to Congress on Wednesday, Ryan acknowledged the difficulties involved in modern U.S. politics.
“Today, too often, genuine disagreement quickly gives way to intense distrust,” Ryan said. “We spend far more time trying to convict one another than we do developing our own convictions. Being against someone has more currency than being for anything.”
Ryan was elected to Congress in 1998 at the age of 28 to represent Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.
He became Speaker of the House in 2012, the same year he ran as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.