Rep. Mike Gallagher to resign in April, leaving House GOP with a razor-thin majority

  Or Gallagher's resignation would reduce the GOP's already weak control of the House of Representatives.

With his departure, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives will drop to 217 to 213, meaning that House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) can only afford to lose one Republican member of the vote, especially if Democrats vote along party lines.



Republicans won 222-213 after the 2022 midterm elections.


Gallagher, chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate the Chinese Communist Party, is the latest in a string of GOP members to leave Congress early.


Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado) will leave office on Friday.


Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) resigned in January.


Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) left office late last year after being removed from the House's top job.


Former Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) was fired shortly after being charged with fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making false statements, and was replaced by Democrat Tom Suozzi.


Several other House Republicans, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), House Financial Services Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Kay Granger (Republican from Texas). They announced that they will retire at the end of the year.



Gallagher announced in February that he would not seek re-election in 2024.

Reuters

“Four terms in Congress from northeastern Wisconsin have been the honor of my life and strengthened my belief that America is the greatest country in the history of the world,” Gallagher said. “I will always be proud of the work I did on the Intelligence and Armed Services committees, chairing the Solar Cyberspace Commission, and chairing the Select Committee of the Communist Party of China.”


“It has been a true honor to serve in the House of Representatives.”


Gallagher, one of three Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted against the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, had previously announced that he would not seek re-election in 2017.

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