House speaker John Boehner tells his fellow Republicans he will step down from his Ohio Congressional seat October 30th.
The speaker told his fellow republicans in a private meeting Friday morning he will resign his Ohio congressional seat on October 30th.
Boehner’s office said in a statement: "The speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution."
His aide also stated Friday morning, Boehner had planned to leave congress at the end of 2014 but decided to return after his former congressman Eric Cantor lost in the primary.
According to USA Today, Boehner’s announcement drew in mixed reactions from capitol hill—his GOP colleagues reportedly in shock and tears—while others, who have criticized Boehner for not pushing the Planned Parenthood defunding bill harder, were happy with the change.
Boehner reportedly told Politico Thursday he had nothing left to accomplish after bringing Pope Francis to the capitol.
Boehner’s top aide also told CNN he made the decision Thursday night and decided to leave on a high note after the pope’s visit.
Boehner served five years in his tenure to the House of Representatives.
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