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Ohio Republican to step down from House to lead state in Youngstown

An Ohio Republican announced his retirement Tuesday from the House to lead Youngstown State University.

“After careful consideration and prayerful deliberation, I have accepted the offer to lead Youngstown State University and will not seek an 8th term in Congress,” Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) said Tuesday ) on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. .

“As I said previously, I was not looking for another job, because I love the one I have serving the people of Eastern Ohio in the United States House of Representatives,” Johnson continued. “It was an extremely difficult decision.”

Johnson, 69, was elected to Ohio’s 6th Congressional District in 2010. A former businessman who worked in information technology and electronics, Johnson is also an Air Force veteran Strength.

Johnson currently serves on the House Committees on Energy, Commerce and Budget. He also serves on three subcommittees on energy and commerce.

“This is not goodbye, however. I will continue to serve in the House for several more months, and you will see no letup,” Johnson continued in his X message. “My offices are open and my staff remains ready to serve you.”

Johnson was the second House member to announce his retirement Tuesday, after Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) announced hers.

“I choose this beautiful Thanksgiving season to announce that I will not run for re-election, and I do so with a heart filled with endless gratitude to you, my wonderful voters,” Eshoo, 80, said in a video published on social networks. .

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