(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement regarding U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) announcement that he will not seek re-election.

“I got to know Speaker Ryan well when we worked together on a bipartisan budget deal in 2013, and while we frequently found areas of disagreement, I have tremendous respect for his commitment to public service and for his willingness to work with me to find common ground and move away from the constant crises.  In that spirit, I hope that he spends the rest of his time as Speaker working to make meaningful progress for families and the middle class.

“I wish him and his family the best.”