Diaz-Balart Statement on Speaker Paul Ryan
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election.
“Paul Ryan has dutifully served our Congress and the American people as Speaker of the House. But for me he is much more than just our Speaker; he is a dear friend. We both come from very different backgrounds, but we formed a bond and friendship that went beyond our work together in Congress. I am forever grateful for his guidance on the Budget Committee when I was first elected to Congress, but most importantly, that he was courageous enough to take on fixing our broken immigration system with me when others would not.
“His retirement after this session of Congress is a huge loss for Wisconsin and our country; there are few people who are as passionate, dedicated, and patriotic as Paul Ryan. He is a good man, loving husband, and devoted father, and I am lucky to count him among my friends.”