CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of the Illinois congressional delegation said they were as surprised as anyone else when they learned House Speaker John Boehner would be stepping down next month.
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, announced Friday he would resign from Congress at the end of October, after nearly five years as speaker.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican from Wheaton, said Boehner “has had the toughest job in Washington,” and he hopes “House Republicans will focus on a plan to get out of their dysfunctional state, and not just change ranks.”
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Winfield Republican, said he hopes the next speaker can bring the fractured GOP caucus together, and make sure conservative members are heard; but he credited Boehner for leading House Republicans in the majority.
“It’s been our largest majority in 80 years or so, so it is I think to his credit, but also I think it’s important for him to pick the timing, rather than something else to have happened; you now, someone else to call a vote, or whatever. I think it is important for us to move forward,” Hultgren said.