GOP Rep. Gallagher to resign early ahead of term

by ian


House Republicans took another blow to their ever-narrowing majority on Friday.

Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher confirmed he’s resigning on April 19, after announcing he would not be running for reelection last month. His announcement comes the same day as Colorado Republican Ken Buck’s resignation, who cited intense dysfunction in Washington as the reason for his pending departure.

With Buck and Gallagher leaving, House Republicans are left with a mere four-seat majority – 217-213 – meaning they can only afford one defection on votes where Democrats are united. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) praised Gallagher on Friday, prompting a sharp rebuke from Georgia Rep. Marjory Taylor Greene.

Greene says Gallagher should be forced out early so his district can hold a special election.