Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff and Republican National Committee chairman, is ruling out a bid for the Wisconsin congressional seat being vacated by outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

“I’m not running,” Priebus told Fox News on Thursday.

Ryan on Wednesday announced plans to retire from Congress at the end of his term this year.

Priebus, who served as President Trump’s first chief of staff, is also from Wisconsin and was once chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

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With a wave of GOP retirements and members running for other office, the Republican leadership is hoping to find someone who can win Ryan’s seat in November.

Priebus had been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate.

Democrats are expected to target the seat, with the district favoring Republicans by only five points.

After leaving the White House in July, Priebus rejoined the firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP to lead its government relations and public affairs group in Washington.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.

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