Retirements Surge in Congress in Wake of GOP House Speaker Drama


WASHINGTON—House lawmakers rushed to the exits just ahead of Thanksgiving, with a surge of announced retirements from members fed up with drama and partisanship on Capitol Hill.

A dozen lawmakers—six Democrats and six Republicans—have said in November that they don’t plan to continue serving in Congress, the most in any month since at least 2011, based on data compiled by news site Ballotpedia. Just Tuesday, Republican Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, 69 years old, announced he would leave office early next year to lead Youngstown State University.

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