January 14th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona Republican announces retirement from Congress

Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg announces retirement from Congress.
Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg announces retirement from Congress.

Washington (CNN) – Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg is retiring from Congress, a GOP source confirmed to CNN Thursday.

The story was first reported by The Rothenberg Political Report.

Shadegg, who was first elected in the 1994 GOP landslide, is the third Republican to announce retirement plans, following Rep. George Radanovich of California and South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown.

It's not the first time Shadegg has decided to call it quits: He announced he would not run for re-election in Feb. 2008, but was encouraged to run again by his colleagues.

Shadegg's district is reliably conservative. In 2008, John McCain won the district over Barack Obama by a 56-42 margin.

UPDATE: In a statement, Shadegg called his decision "particularly hard" but said "it is time for me to take my life in a new direction and to pursue my commitment to fight for freedom in a different venue."

"As the Obama Administration and Speaker Pelosi grow further and further out of touch with average Americans, evidence continues to build that 2010 will be a record year for Republicans running for Congress," he said in the statement. "And, I am extremely confident that the people of the Third District of Arizona will elect a solid conservative."

UPDATE 2: Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said he is pleased Shadegg finally followed through on his original retirement plans.

"Now we are assuming that he really is retiring," Van Hollen laughingly told CNN's Dana Bash.

Van Hollen noted that 14 House Republicans have announced plans not to run again in 2010 either to retire or seek higher office. Just 11 House Democrats have done so, he said.


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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    I hope that dinosaur McCain is next...

    January 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    One more seat four the DEM's

    January 14, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Will someone in the media please share with your colleagues that it is important to set examples for our kids. Even though some may not have respect for our president, it is still important that in the media you still should always address him as President (not Mr. Obama or Obama). You continually address the secretary of state as secretary of state Hillary Clinton. You continue to address former presidents Bush and Clinton as President whe speaking of them. It is awful that in 2010 that some of you can not say President in front of our current president name.I have listened to the disrespect some of you have for our president so long but when I just heard Andrea Mitchell call him Mr. Obama several times but mentioned secretary of state Hillary Clinton when speaking of her I had to comment. I have the upmost respect for Brian Williams. He has always address our president as President Obama. He deserves the position he has because he seems fair to all regardless of race, sex, etc. He should be an example for all of you. You all can learn a lot from him.

    January 14, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Runofthemill

    All part of that tidal wave of Democratic retirements we were hearing about last week over and over and over again.......

    January 14, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Michael

    Fight for freedom in a different venue!
    Even Republicans are disillusioned with the Greedy Old Party.

    January 14, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Bill

    Maybe when you go. you can take the other 534 clowns with you!!!

    January 14, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Edward

    In a year where incumbents are going to get thumped, how can democrats possibly think all these new republican candidates is good for them?

    January 14, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Debbie

    My question is are all the representatives from Arizona old? I know its where a lot of old people retire but do they not have anyone younger than 60? Maybe he is retiring because he is getting old.

    January 14, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Matt

    "Republican quitter" ??? don't you liberals know that one of the major issues that most Republicans support is term limits. Many Republicans have imposed limits on their own terms because that is what they believe in!

    January 14, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. the curmudgeon

    dropping like flies, they are!

    January 14, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Moderate GOP turned Democrat in Tx

    If the Repuplicans win in the next election, does that mean we go back to the policy of cutting taxes, self regulation and reord deficit spending again? Maybe we get a re-do and get the surplus back and the 12.4 Trillion dollars of debt back. NOW that would make all of our lives better. I really liked that lovable moron Bush, but I think we could all do without the ocnservative values that ruined the country. Obama better get a king size mop if he is going to clean up all of the mess.

    January 14, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Matt

    It doesn't matter how many conservative decide not to run, the American people have decided that they don't want the country ruined by liberal socialist policies, and further than it already has. To be honest, taking back the house is a long shot, but if Obama gets his socialist agenda through, we will all be paying for it, and for a long time. But it doesn't matter if conservatives don't run again because any conservative is better than the liberal idiots that are running this country now. The country can only hope that conservatives take back the house, and gain in the Senate, because if they don't, we have a long hard road ahead.

    January 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. mike

    thats ok when arizona runs out of water then pat robertson can tell
    them that they made a pack with the devil remember the devil made
    me do it

    January 14, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Jacob

    don't let the door hit you on the way out!

    January 14, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. carlos

    the real image of the republicans, compassionate conservatives is the satanic Pat Robertson........there is no need to say anything more about the repugnant reptiles

    January 14, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. R in Maine

    If the parties were reversed, Fox would be reporting the end of the democrats. There is nothing here, a useless old hack folds. No big deal, but no reason for the bad people to think that the majority will slip at midterm.

    January 14, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Ruti

    Finally,a politicians who dosen't stay in politics until he is TOO old to function. Kudo to a smart man.

    January 14, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. The Divided States of America

    Way to go CNN. It's actually the democrats that are quitting in droves. But what a nice spinn from CNN.

    CNN keeps dividing our country with their liberal slants.

    January 14, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Aviate

    So when do we hear about how Republicans are dropping like flies?

    January 14, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Ann

    he's made his millions.... now he's out!

    January 14, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Paul H

    I think it's bull that a person can retire from congress. There should be term limits. It's crazy how the system has been manipulated so bad that any of these people can get so powerful. It's also why they vote every year or so for pay raises.

    January 14, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Herk

    Good riddance. Perhaps we can get another forward looking representative in office.

    January 14, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Otto

    Hey, leave the Republicans alone; they gave us eight wonderful years.

    Don't believe me? Halliburton has gotten the largest piece of the pie in Iraq and you know our friend Dick was the master and his ship is sailing full steam.

    We will be swimming in oil from Iraq very soon as they are drilling more than 430 new wells. This is what I call capitalization, so they need to be on top. No DEM would have been so bold to do what Dick did.
    Hehe!!! Still waiting on my stimulus but that wait will be very long.

    January 14, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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