Speaker Boehner Resigns Effective October 30; Arizona Responds

25 September 2015   Lynne LaMaster
As Speaker of the House John Boehner chooses to resign, Arizona delegates respond. 

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement: "My mission every day is to fight for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government.  Over the last five years, our majority has advanced conservative reforms that will help our children and their children.  I am proud of what we have accomplished.

"The first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution that we all love.  It was my plan to only serve as Speaker until the end of last year, but I stayed on to provide continuity to the Republican Conference and the House.  It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.  To that end, I will resign the Speakership and my seat in Congress on October 30. 

"Today, my heart is full with gratitude for my family, my colleagues, and the people of Ohio’s Eighth District.  God bless this great country that has given me - the son of a bar owner from Cincinnati - the chance to serve."


Representative Paul Gosar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced his resignation from Congress effective at the end of October:

“Speaker John Boehner served the people of Ohio and this nation with a full heart. I have the utmost respect for him as he helped regain the Speaker’s gavel for Republicans, essentially putting the brakes on the Obama Administration. He is a good man, and I wish him happiness as he moves into the next chapter of his life.

“At this pivotal moment for our nation, we need bold, Conservative leadership that will install a legislative process with integrity and accountability. The American people have been calling for a return to regular order and a break from the status quo in D.C. ever since they elected a Republican majority back in 2010. This was the catalyst for my decision to run for office and has been my top priority since day one. Unfortunately, the actions from Republican leadership did not reflect the will of the American people and a change was clearly needed. I look forward to working with my House colleagues to ensure these priorities are represented in our new leadership.” 

Representative Matt Salmon

The quest to remove Speaker Boehner from his gavel was never a personal one. It was always about doing what the American people wanted us to do - fight back against Obama's quest to demand everything and negotiate nothing. 

Speaker Boehner is an honorable man. I have served with him as my committee chairman and as my speaker, and I know his intentions were always to advance our Republican agenda.  But over the course of the past several months, it has become clear that our leaders in Washington have lost the trust and confidence of our grassroots faithful to lead this important fight against Obama's immoral, dangerous, and often times, illegal actions. 

Ultimately, Speaker Boehner is doing the right thing by resigning. It is my hope that my colleagues and I will elect a new speaker who will bring all Republican members to the table and be willing to use every tool that our Constitution provides to take back our country.

Today's announcement should serve as a wake-up call to all our leaders. Either we finally heed the will of the people and begin to exert the powers of the legislative branch, or we continue to let the executive branch run our government like a dictatorship.


Representative Trent Franks

Many of you have heard by now that Speaker John Boehner will be resigning from Congress at the end of October. In moments like this, one looks back and remembers the most significant moments in watching the Speaker. For me it is when we were at a pro-life gathering and someone put a little preemie baby in the Speaker’s hands and said this baby could have been a victim. As he was holding this baby, tears began to roll down his face. I would say the unborn had a true and gallant friend in John Boehner. And I believe that’s going to serve him very well.

Senator John McCain

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON RETIREMENT OF HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on the retirement of Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner:

“I thank Speaker John Boehner for his years of distinguished service to Ohio and America. Speaker Boehner is a fine leader and a good and decent man, and I wish him all the best. 

“I hope that Republicans will unite behind our new Speaker, resolve our differences, and come together for a vigorous campaign to win back the White House in 2016.”



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