Rep. Bill Johnson announces retirement, new job leading university

November 25, 2023

It feels as if it's the season for retirement announcements because yet another House member announced his retirement in recent days. 

According to The Hill, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) announced that he will not seek an eighth term in Congress.

Johnson, an Air Force veteran and former businessman, has represented Ohio's 10th District since 2010.

The Ohio Republican also announced that when his congressional term ends, he will take his new job leading Youngstown State University.

Statement released

Johnson broke the shocking news on his X account, calling it an "extremely difficult decision, and explaining why he announced the decision now.

"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. 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 wrote.

He added, "This was an extremely difficult decision. This is not a goodbye, however. I will continue serving in the House for several more months, and you will see no let up. My offices are open and my staff remains ready to serve you."

Johnson vowed to keep focus on the residents of East Palestine who are still struggling in the wake of the toxic train wreck that upended the town.

"There is still much left on my agenda to do before I depart Congress, including doing all I can to help pass tax exemption legislation to benefit the people of East Palestine as well as a broader rail safety bill, streamline America’s LNG export process, and advance a responsible budget and spending package for the remainder of this fiscal year. It’s business as usual."

Social media reacts

Johnson's retirement announcement was met with mixed reaction, with some saying they don't blame him for leaving Washington.

"Good for him, do what best for you instead of staying in Washington," one X user wrote.

Several congresspeople have announced their retirements in recent weeks as the 2024 election cycle continues to heat up.

Only time will tell if more follow their lead.

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