House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left the door open Monday to re-entering elected politics in the future, saying that "you never say never," despite adding he is finished for the time being.
"I'm done with elected politics, as far as I know," Ryan told reporters at the National Press Club Monday after a speech.
"For good?" a reporter followed up.
"You never say never to these things," Ryan said. I'm obviously going to be a cause guy, but frankly I just want to spend 2019 just kind of reconnecting with my family, reconnecting with my home, then I'll figure out what the next chapter is."
"I don't know what the next chapter is politically speaking," Ryan said. "But right now, I'm very happy with the decisions I've made, very much so."
Ryan announced his decision to retire from the House and step down from the speakership in April, deciding against running for re-election in November as Republicans look increasingly vulnerable in the midterm elections.
The Wisconsin Republican has made no concrete plans for his post-speaker life, reiterating repeatedly that he wants to spend time with his three teenage children.