Central Texas politicians react to Boehner’s resignation

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Boehner said he's "all in" to remain as House speaker in the new Congress that will meet next year. For months, some have questioned whether the Ohio Republican would remain in the House's No. 1 job after this Congress ends in January 2015. Boehner has been speaker since 2011. For much of that time, he's managed a fractious Republican majority that includes conservatives who at times have rebelled against his leadership. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Boehner said he's "all in" to remain as House speaker in the new Congress that will meet next year. For months, some have questioned whether the Ohio Republican would remain in the House's No. 1 job after this Congress ends in January 2015. Boehner has been speaker since 2011. For much of that time, he's managed a fractious Republican majority that includes conservatives who at times have rebelled against his leadership. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP/KXAN) — House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his resignation Friday, stunning Capitol Hill and beyond. The 13-term Ohio Republican is second in line to the presidency and has served as speaker since January 2011. Central Texas congressman spoke out after Boehner revealed his plans.

Former President George W. Bush

“Speaker Boehner is a master of the legislative process who has always demonstrated great respect for the institutions of Congress. I congratulate and thank him for his years of service to his constituents in Ohio and to the American people.”

Former President George H.W. Bush

“He has given selflessly and tirelessly of his energy, and I would think every Republican would be grateful to him for his contributions to and leadership of not only our great party, but also the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas)

“I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his service to our country. He has had a distinguished career and was an integral part of the Republicans regaining the House in 2010. I wish him well in his retirement. I am hopeful that the Republican caucus will elect a new Speaker that supports the conservative values and priorities that the American people support.”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)

“The House Republican Caucus has become so rigid that the speaker finally said ‘I give up.’ And by Halloween, we’ll have a new republican leader. I think it’ll be mostly trick and not much treat.”

Rep. John R. Carter (R-Texas)

“I commend Speaker Boehner for his more than 25 years of service in the House. John served our great nation with dignity and served as Speaker through some very challenging times in Congress. I appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors. As we transition to new leadership, I look forward to working to bring our conference together through our shared conservative values. It is imperative that we follow a constitutionally based, conservative agenda so we can get our nation moving back in the right direction.”

Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas)

“I welcome the Speaker’s decision to pass the torch on to new leadership,” said Williams. “John Boehner is a very gracious man, and I wish him success in his next endeavor. My focus now is on choosing a new leader to guide the House in a conservative direction. I hope all Republicans – including those in the Senate – are listening to what grassroots conservatives are saying: it is time for conservative leadership and conservative principles.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

“The country will be better served with a strong conservative speaker.”

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