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John Boehner Announces Retirement
Monday, September 28, 2015 6:35 AM

House Speaker, John Boehner, announced on Friday that he would give up his seat in Congress at the end of October. He became the 53rd Speaker of the House in 2011. He has endured confrontations with both parties, one of which led to the 16-day partial government shutdown just two years ago. 

CUNA President/CEO, Jim Nussle, expressed his thanks to the Speaker on Friday after he announced his intentions to step down. Boehner has participated in several CUNA events, including two CUNA Governmental Affairs Conferences. Nussle said of Boehner, “My good friend, House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation from Congress Friday. The Speaker and I were both elected to Congress in 1990. We served in the leadership together and both of us became full committee chairmen in 2000. I am proud of what we accomplished together.”

Many believe Boehner’s announcement comes from conflict once again with conservative members of his party and the prospect of another government shutdown. He believes his stepping down is for the good of the institution. The Speaker noted that he made his decision after picking up his coffee on Friday. "I thought: today is the day I'm going to do this ... as simple as that," noted Boehner.

Nussle also speaks very highly of Boehner in the following quote: "His firm leadership and remarkable ability to bring people together to do great things is unmatched. Time and again, when others said things were impossible, the Speaker made them happen. His service to his constituents and the nation will be missed.”