Republican members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation are reacting to the news that House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is leaving Congress at the end of October. None of the members from Wisconsin are indicating any interest in the leadership post once Boehner departs.
First District Representative Paul Ryan of Janesville said in a statement that Boehner is “a great leader of the Republican Party and the House of Representatives,” and called his decision to leave “an act of pure selflessness.” Ryan is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and was the Republican candidate for vice-president in 2012.
Eighth District Representative Reid Ribble of Sherwood indicated surprise at Boehner’s announcement on Friday. “I was really surprised by it,” Ribble said. “I was with the speaker yesterday afternoon in his office. He did not mention this or even allude to it.”
Ribble said Boehner’s comments on his decision to leave were “gracious and dignified.”
“In a contentious political atmosphere where it’s nearly impossible to achieve anything, he has done an exceptional job building relationships, bridging gaps, and passing meaningful and necessary legislation,” said 5th District Representative Jim Sensenbrenner. “I wish him all the best as he turns his full attention to a far more important role, grandpa.” said 7th District Representative Sean Duffy.
Representative Ribble said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Majority Leader, appears the most likely successor to Boehner. “I think Kevin McCarthy would make an excellent Speaker,” Boehner said.