Asked if he was interested in a third term, Mr. Rooney said, “I don’t really think I do, and I don’t really think I want one.”

“I’ve done what I came to do,” he added, noting that he also wanted to set a model in the House for adhering to term limits…

“I’m going to do at all stages what I think is right to do,” Mr. Rooney told reporters on Friday when asked if he was more outspoken because he was considering retirement. “You’ve got to do the right thing at every stage. Whether I run again is a totally different can of worms, that has to do with family things, business, wanting to do some different things.”

“This is kind of a frustrating job for me,” he added. “I come from a world of actions, decisions, putting your money down and seeing what happens. This is a world of talk.”