Republican Exodus: Why These Congress Members Are Abandoning Ship Mid-Term!

Representative Mike Gallagher, known for his stance against the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, has announced his decision to leave Congress before completing his term, as reported by the House Press Gallery. Gallagher stated in a release that he will vacate his office on April 19.

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In recent months, several other Republican members have also declared their intention to leave the House, citing various reasons.

Representative Ken Buck of Colorado, has served since 2014, remarked upon announcing his resignation effective March 22 that he feels the political environment is deteriorating.

Buck's departure was followed by announcements from several Republican committee chairs, including Representatives Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of , Mark Green of Tennessee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who also disclosed their plans to leave Congress.

Both remaining and departing members have expressed frustration over political gridlock and lack of productivity during this session. The Republican majority censured three Democratic lawmakers and experienced turmoil with the removal of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Additionally, there was significant political tension surrounding the expulsion of Representative George Santos of , whose departure potentially opens a seat for Democrats in 2024.

Following the 2022 election cycle, despite expectations of a “red wave” by the GOP, the party only secured a majority by nine seats. While both parties have witnessed departures this session, Republicans are now just one seat away from losing their majority altogether.

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