National Federation of Independent Business: Small business comments on Speaker Ryan retirement

Contact: Bill G. Smith, Wisconsin State Director, 608-255-6083 (o), 608-516-9872 (cell), [email protected] or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, 415-640-5156, [email protected]

MADISON, Wis., April 12, 2018— The following statement was issued today by Bill G. Smith, Wisconsin state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, following U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s announcement, yesterday, that he will not seek re-election.

“From the day he and I toured several small businesses together when he first ran for Congress in 1998, I could tell Main Street enterprises had someone special in their corner. We endorsed him in that election and in every election since and have never been disappointed.

“He has been a steadfast advocate for the small-business community of Wisconsin and the nation, a tireless fighter for issues that promote small-business growth and prosperity. I thank Paul Ryan for his distinguished service, congratulate him as he leaves public office, and wish him and his family our very best in the years ahead.

“To me, his legacy will serve as a lesson for future elected officials that it’s possible to be simultaneously an effective politician and a decent, honest, and caring human being. America is better because of his service to the nation.”

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