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Gohmert’s Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation from the position of Speaker of the House and his plans to step down from the United States Congress at the end of October:

“America is at an incredibly perilous time in our history; we need bold leadership more than ever, and the Speaker now has graciously given us that opportunity.”

“Due in part to the massive shift in power away from the most accountable representatives of the people to a President and five judges, we have needed leadership with vision for the future that did not continue the downhill slide. A goal to simply slow the losses of liberty and opportunity is not what is needed.”

“So often, after being elected to Congress, members have the goal drilled into their head that there is nothing nobler than being a 'team player.' Football and our military are deep passions of mine, but their metaphorical uses in Congress are often inappropriate. For an appropriate use of the sports metaphor, too often 'being a team player' has disguised the fact that a play has been called that has us running toward the wrong goal line.”

“As members of Congress, we should be accountable to our constituents and nation more than any earthly responsibility. For the vast majority, we understand that ultimately we will all kneel accountably before God.”

“As Speaker Boehner moves on to a new chapter in his life, I truly wish both him and his family well. I have nothing but best wishes for him, wherever he will be.”

“My fervent prayers are with the country at this defining moment. It’s past time that we, as a body, stand firmly for those who are being oppressed by government and take up the torch of liberty to ensure this flame of freedom is not extinguished for the generations that follow us.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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