GOP politicians gather at local event as Paul Ryan set to step down

BRIGHTON — Retiring Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan bid adieu to his fellow Republicans at Saturday’s GOP Fall Fest at Brightonwoods Orchard.

Ryan, who was the last of a long list of speakers, mostly waxed nostalgic about his two decades in office and was briefly choked up as the tenor in his voice changed.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve you, to fight for you,” Ryan said to applause from the crowd of several hundred. “We have come a long way as a movement. We have come a long way as a country.”

Ryan also used a portion of his talk to discuss the first half of President Donald Trump’s term in office. He said much of the GOP’s heavy lifting in recent years has been overshadowed, pointing to the nearly 1,000 pieces of legislation that have been signed into law since Trump took office.