GOP Leader Retires From House To Lead University

The Republican Party will lose a member of the House of Representatives following the announcement by Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio that he will be retiring from Congress.

Johnson posted his retirement announcement on the social media platform X on Tuesday, saying that he will be taking a job as the head of Youngstown State University, which is located in his home state.

As he wrote:

“After much thought and prayerful deliberation, I have accepted the offer to lead Youngstown State University and will not be seeking an 8th term in Congress.

“As I’ve stated previously, I wasn’t looking for another job, because I love the one I have serving the people of Eastern Ohio in the U.S. House. This was an extremely difficult decision.”
The 69-year-old Johnson was first elected to the House of Representatives back in 2010. He represents the 6th Congressional District in Ohio.

Before joining Congress, Johnson worked in electronics and information technology in business. He’s also a veteran of the Air Force.

In the House, Johnson is a member of both the Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Budget Committee. He also sits on three subcommittees of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
His retirement message on X continued:

“This is not a goodbye, however. I will continue serving in the House for several more months, and you will see no let up. My offices are open and my staff remains ready to serve you.”
Despite announcing he will retire, Johnson didn’t mention a specific date that he would be stepping down from the position. That will need to happen first before his seat can be filled.

By Ohio law, the governor must call for a special election to be held to fill the remainder of Johnson’s term, which will run through early 2025. Whoever wins the special election, then, would need to run for election again in 2024 if he or she wanted to serve in the seat for the long term.

The early favorite to win that seat is Michael Rulli, who’s a state senator. He’s mentioned in the past that he was considering a run for Congress, and this might be his golden opportunity to get his foot in the door without having to face any real stiff competition – since he won’t have to run in a general election against a Democrat.

Johnson actually wasn’t the only member of the House to announce their retirement on Tuesday. Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo from California also announced that she will be stepping aside that day.

In a video that she posted to her social media pages, the 80-year-old Eshoo said:

“I’m choosing this beautiful season of Thanksgiving to announce that I will not seek reelection, and I do so with a heart filled with unending gratitude to you, my magnificent constituents.”
Eshoo, though, will serve out the remainder of her current term. In other words, she won’t be stepping aside like Johnson will; she just won’t be running for re-election next year.