Rep. Mike Gallagher Will Resign Early

Republicans are getting down to fumes with another early departure from the madhouse known as the House of Representatives. Today was Rep. Ken Buck’s last day as well, so they’ll soon be down to a 217-213 majority. Add in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s antics and his hasn’t been the best of weeks for Speaker Mike Johnson.

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., who announced last month he would not run for re-election, will resign from Congress early, he confirmed in a statement Friday.

Gallagher’s departure before the end of his term in January is another blow to Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and House Republicans, who have been struggling to govern and demonstrate stability this Congress.

Two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News of Gallagher’s plan to resign early on Friday. The Wisconsin Republican then released a statement announcing that he will depart on April 19.

The speaker’s office confirmed that Gallagher informed Johnson of his decision earlier this week.

His resignation could cause more headaches for House Republicans. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., who also is not seeking re-election, is resigning from Congress on Friday, cutting the GOP’s minuscule majority to 218-213. When Gallagher leaves, the majority would further shrink to 217-213, meaning Republicans could only afford a single defection on any vote if Democrats vote together.

Gallagher’s decision to leave on April 19 also means that there will not be a special election to fill his seat. Under Wisconsin state law, vacancies after the second Tuesday in April are filled in the general election, so Gallagher’s replacement will be decided in November and his seat will remain empty until January.

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