House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he isn't interested in running for a Republican leadership position now that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced he will step down next month.
Ryan, a former GOP vice presidential nominee, is among the top names that have circulated to either replace Cantor, or move elsewhere into the leadership ranks.
"I’ve passed up elected leadership,” Ryan, of Wisconsin, told the Washington Examiner. “I’m a policy guy. I’ve already said no.”
Ryan is in line to become chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Ryan said he would not reconsider running for leadership even if recruited by fellow GOP lawmakers.
“It’s flattering but my position hasn’t changed,” he said.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said he would run to replace Cantor, who lost his primary bid last night in a surprise upset.
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas also wants the job and is being told to announce his bid quickly, according to those familiar with the conversations.