Ohio Republican will not seek another term in Congress

 November 23, 2023

Rep. Bill Johnson made headlines this past week when the Ohio Republican announced that he is retiring from Congress. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Johnson revealed his plans to step down in a Tuesday post on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Johnson will finish up his current term

"After much thought and prayerful deliberation, I have accepted the offer to lead Youngstown State University and will not be seeking an 8th term in Congress," the lawmaker declared.

"As I’ve stated previously, I wasn’t looking for another job, because I love the one I have serving the people of Eastern Ohio in the U.S. House," Johnson continued, adding that the decision to step down was "extremely difficult."

Johnson stressed that he "will continue serving in the House for several more months" where "offices are open and my staff remains ready to serve you."

Congressman will seek help for people of East Palestine

The congressman pledged to do work towards a rail safety bill along with a tax exemption for the people of East Palestine, which was the site of a massive train derailment and chemical fire earlier this year.

Johnson added that he would try to streamline America’s LNG export process, and advance a responsible budget and spending package for the remainder of this fiscal year."

The Examiner cited a report from Ballotpedia as saying that Johnson is now the 12th member of Congress to announce retirement plans this month.

His statement came the same day that California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo said that she too would not be seeking another term in office.

Democrat's departure expected to "kick off a fierce race"

"I'm choosing this beautiful season of Thanksgiving to announce that I will not be seeking reelection," Eshoo said in a video posted," Eshoo said in a video posted on social media.

The congresswoman told constituents that her heart was "filled with unending gratitude to you, my magnificent constituents."

The Associated Press predicted that Eshoo's departure "will likely kick off a fierce race for her seat in California’s 16th Congressional District."

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