DARKE COUNTY — Friday’s news that longtime U.S. Rep. John Boehner would resign his seat and speakership at the end of October reverberated throughout the state of Ohio and within his Congressional district.
State and local Republicans voiced both their astonishment regarding the resignation as well as their appreciation for Boehner.
Soon after the announcement, Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a statement saying, “Ohio and America are stronger today because of John Boehner. I’m proud that he’s my friend and that I served with him during a time of tremendous transformation and growth for our nation. He led ably then and as Speaker later because he listened to different views, respected the institution, and most important, respected the American people.”
Kasich added, “He grew up humbly, overcame big obstacles to pull himself up by his bootstraps and never forgot where he came from. He leaves a legacy of unparalleled integrity and steady, mature leadership during difficult times that will be a model for future Speakers and anyone interested in public service.”
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges released the following statement:
“I’m very saddened to learn of the news today. I commend Speaker Boehner for his leadership, his undeniable love for our country and his desire to serve Ohio and our great nation. It’s been remarkable for our state to have an Ohioan serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. I thank John for his many years of public service and wish him and Debbie all the best moving forward.”
Boehner’s colleague in the House, Rep. Jim Jordan, representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, said, “I want to wish my friend and fellow Ohioan, Speaker John Boehner, all the best on his decision to retire from Congress. He served our state and nation for many years, and led House Republicans through an important time in our nation’s history. I was especially glad that he was able to cap his distinguished career with the crowning achievement of bringing Pope Francis to Washington, D.C., for a speech to the joint session of Congress.”
Jordan added, “I have often said that Speaker Boehner had the toughest job in Washington, and though we disagreed at times, I continue to have the utmost respect for him as a colleague and a person.”
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, said, “One of the great and unique things about America is that, no matter who you are or what type of life your family lives, you can be successful and you can be a leader in our society. John Boehner is living proof of the American Dream having grown up in very modest means with 11 brothers and sisters, he rose to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Speaker Boehner has proven himself a leader in good times and bad — from the attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001, to the steady economic recovery after the great recession, he has been a wise and steadfast voice in the Capitol and he will certainly be missed.”
“I wish Speaker and Debbie Boehner the best in the next phase of their lives together,” Husted added.
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber said, “Ohio and the nation are indebted to John Boehner for his nearly 25 years of service in Congress. His character, patience and steady leadership during challenging times leave a lasting legacy for others to follow. I am grateful for his counsel and friendship over the years, and I wish him and Debbie all the best in this next chapter of life.”
Ohio Rep. Jim Buchy said, “Speaker Boehner is a dedicated public servant and patriot, I wish him and his fine family the sincerest best wishes in his future endeavors.”
Darke County Commissioner Mike Rhoades said, “It’s quite a shocker, but I don’t blame him though with all that’s going on in Washington nowadays. It will be interesting to see who will replace him.”
Republican J.D. Winteregg, who had previously run against Boehner in 2014, and who has announced his candidacy to run for Boehner’s seat in November 2016, told the Daily Advocate:
“I’d like to thank the Speaker for his service and I wish him all the best in his retirement. I’ve been working to return this seat to the constituents in Ohio’s 8th district and to ensure that they have the representation they deserve. I look forward to being their voice in D.C., and I can’t wait to be a part of a new generation of principled Republican leadership.”
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