January 14th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
8 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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  1. Sam

    I wonder if the right wing media (FauxNews) will make a huge stink about this just like they did all the retiring Dems in Congress. I doubt we'll see the same headlines like, "Rep. Running Right for Hills!" "Quitters!"

    January 14, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Ironic Parody

    Oh my gosh, another Republican retirement! It is going to be a bloodbath for the GOP in 2010. This speculating preface must say it all!

    Where are the same sensationalized headlines now from the media?

    January 14, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. rich in az


    January 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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.


    January 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Monster Zero

    I am wondering if these career politicians are all bailing out before the total collapse of our Government in the hopes of escaping the public cries for their blood? When Nancy, Barney, Harry and the likes vacate you will know the true answer!

    January 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Romney in 2012

    The more new blood we can to represent us the better. I do hope that the nation can kill the super majority so that Obama can't completely run the country into the ground.

    January 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Danny

    I guess the Republicans can read the writing on the wall and are abandoning the ship, right? That's what Steele said when some long serving Democrats anounced their retirement. Maybe they're all getting tired of the constant BS they have to endure and the lies that must be told to get elected in this country.

    January 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. gl, From Pittsburgh

    McCain needs to go next!

    January 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Just curious, but why don't you report that more Republicans than Democrats are planning to retire from the House and Senate?
    I mean, we hear all this chatter about the Democratic seats that are coming up for grabs, and how this might change the balance of power, but, even in this article, the picture is painted as if Democrats are "at risk."

    Is it only "news" when it causes a problem for Democrats?

    January 14, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Mark, Phoenix

    Good riddance. Shadegg has done absolutely nothing for his constituency and marched in lockstep with George Bush. The sooner he, McCain and Kyl all hit the road, the better it will be for the Grand Canyon State.

    January 14, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Big Ed

    Obama out of touch? "This coming from a member of the Party of NO!" NO proposals, NO empathy, NO solutions, NO nothing! I can tell you that all the people I talk to want solutions. and NO is not a solution. So who is out of touch?

    January 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    republicants, dropping like flies!

    January 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. mike

    they are all starting to figure out that the republican party has no future
    it is time that the people in this District and others around the country
    vote them all out don't let the door hit you in the face or is it the other
    way around

    January 14, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    The Republican Party lacks even a hint of a conscience as they continually seek to deceptively manipulate public opinion in order to justify returning to the self-serving irresponsibility of the Bush-Cheney administration who stubbornly and arrogantly used their offices and America’s resources in their pursuit of a costly private agenda. Look at the ‘puppets’ they offer, Fred Thompson, Rudi Giuliani, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Jon Kyl, Michael Steele, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell,,and always presenting new ones, Pawlenty, Jindal, Thune,, all being without any hesitation or guilt in willing doing the bidding of the powerful, influential and wealthy few who overtly and covertly support them. If we really want the Republicans (and I do) to ever return to being a moderately conservative force honestly representing the people instead of being owned and controlled by Special Interests and a select few, then we need to firmly reject what they have become and give them the message that they need to change to survive. The Democrats are of course far from being perfect but we really shouldn’t blame them for the current costs or even fear their liberalness, as the Republican subterfuge suggests, as we really need a strong measure of it to bring balance back in reforming our malignant health services, spending on our decaying infrastructure, establishing regulations and enforcement for our corrupted financial systems, in straightening out the housing industry, the auto industry and in general wherever greed, self-indulgence and dishonesty have been allowed to dominate and render havoc. We simply have a long way to come back and there are costs that need to be accepted in the process but to return to the biased philosophy of placating the few while giving the many only apathy, the costs and an abundance of deceptive rhetoric won’t save anything and rather literally spells disaster for the majority. The powerful few really need to be stood up to and the only way that will ever happen is if we give our representatives no choice!

    January 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. yeah

    the reps are all retiring cause the cookie jar is gone. the dems control the money so gop is irrelevent and so is their agenda

    January 14, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    It's annoying to hear these clowns continually spew out the deception that "Obama and Pelosi are out of touch with America". The majority of Americans want a public option, want us out of Iraq and Afganistan, want religious, social, and personal freedom. The only people the Repubs are in sync with are lunatic Tea-baggers, the radically religious finatics, and corporate sponsored Neo-cons who respond only to the pervasive rhetoric of fear.

    January 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    This seat isn't going democratic.

    January 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Bing Hastings

    I can laughingly say that van Hollen is a clown. Typical democrap.

    January 14, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Compare his pic (jowls, old, white) the the pic of NEWT (jowls, old, white).

    They've never missed a meal or a money-making deal - vote them all out.

    January 14, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Gary

    He's too young to retire....he's younger than McCain! He needs to keep working.

    January 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Nathan,

    The republicans who are retiring are doing so because they know it will be awhile before they get their grubby little hands back in power. They figure thay had better go out and make as much mney as possible before the Democrats shut down the candy store the republicans created for big business and wall street.

    January 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Beverly in NC

    Republicans need to tell the truth – which I know is almost impossible for them – TWICE as many Republicans are not running for re-election than Democrats. Republicans know there is no way America is going to vote for the Party of NO, hate, fear, and racism. They have done NOTHING for America all year and have voted against every piece of legislation to help average Americans better their lives.

    Republicans voted NO on : healthcare (since they already have it)
    extending unemployment insurance
    sending more protective gear to our troops
    raising soldier pay to get their families off
    food stamps
    equal pay for women
    job programs

    So who are these Republicans? Humans? Anti-American? They want America to fail and have worked all year to obstruct progress for our nation. We need to get these traitors out of office in Nov and again in 2012!

    January 14, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. mike.texas

    There dropping like flies.

    January 14, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Speaking of out of touch, he couldn't recognize an "Average American" if it bite him in the butt, which it will. Us "average americans" are getting tired of his kind.

    January 14, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. JP

    Where are all the republicans who have been saying "See, the dems are just dropping like flies". Maybe they could understand that this is not an issue to celebrate politically, because EVERYONE has to retire eventually.

    January 14, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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