Republican House majority shrinks again as Rep. Johnson leaves

by ian

The Republican majority in the House is shrinking again.

Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio issued a surprise resignation yesterday and his last day in Congress will be on Jan. 21, which is nearly two months ahead of expectations.

Originally, Johnson was supposed to leave in March. Instead, he’ll start as the president of Youngstown State University in 19 days.

That will leave House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) with few votes to spare. There will be only 219 Republicans to 213 Democrats.

Meanwhile, the latest stop-gap funding is set to end in part on Jan. 19 with a second deadline on Feb. 2.

After that, the majority may shrink even more. The seat of ousted Republican George Santos of New York will be filled through a special election set the day before Valentine’s Day.