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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  1. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Clearly Shadegg didn't want to be beaten like an old drum. Now the [R]s will have an excuse as to why they lost a 'red' district. That district must be waking-up to the huge mistake they almost made by putting Mr. McGoo and Queen Trailer Trash in the WH.

    January 14, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Good, we need new people with new ideas in Washington!!

    January 14, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Texas Doc

    Oh my God, its a landslide of Republicans jumping off of the boat! At least that is what the headline would have said if it was a Democrat.

    January 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. geecee

    Oh, CNN. The Repugs are dropping like flies. Right? That's what you headlines about the Dems last week!!

    January 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Vic of New York

    Hey Rep Shadegg,

    Maybe you can take that looser, John McCain with you. Yeah, you know who I'm talking about: Mr. "Country First", who as a 70 year-old cancer survivor thought nothing of putting an unvetted ninny wacko on his ticket as VP just to drum up the Conservative vote.

    Interviewed by Matt Lour recently he said he could "care less" of how Palin was vetted.

    That's right, McCain: "Campaign First" screw the country!

    January 14, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Gil Oberdas

    Just retire the whole party. It can't do anything, but say "NO!"

    January 14, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. gt

    americans are sick to death of loosing jobs,,,, the democrats are going to get hammer if they dont do something about no jobs,, trust me i dont care what party is in powere,,, its about jobs stupid....

    January 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    If you tax the rich, how are they going to create all of those jobs in China and India? Have a nice day!

    January 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. The Right Worships at the Altar of Ignorance

    "And another one bites the dust" And by the way, Shadegg, this "average American" thinks that it's your party that's "out of touch".

    January 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Wade

    Time for new Republican blood... not the old guys.

    January 14, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Right on, REG!

    January 14, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. walleye

    Of course all the RepubliKlans are retiring. They understand the party of NO has had its day.

    January 14, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. U.S. Common Sense

    Very mature, Van Hollen.

    January 14, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Rickster

    It won't matter....at the rate Obama is screwing up the country I wouldn't be surprised if republicans swept the entire election...every single race. Anybody with any sense at all can see how bad democrats are. They should never be allowed into office again.

    January 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    Hey Rep Shadegg,

    Maybe you can take that looser, John McCain with you. Sen. McCain is no friend of America's Veterans. For years he prevented the GI Bill from having any real meaning, sent our troops into both wars without a single MRAP vehicle knowing full well the Taliban would use IED's against our troops.

    After McCain confessed to a number of war crimes on video under torture, he later states statements made under torture are admissible in America's courts! What about your confessions Sen. McCain, you are a hypocrite and a disgusting individual that fiends himself as a friend of Veterans while working against them.

    January 14, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. James, Houston,TX

    Its about Time, Your Chin is dragging along with the rear !

    January 14, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    one down – mccain to go if the citizens of AZ are smarter than they have been iin the past elections.
    If you don't understant what a self righteous individual mccain is as he showed during the 2008 election, then I don't know what else it takes.

    January 14, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Dennis

    To Vic of NY we have an unvetted ninny in the office now

    January 14, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Peter s

    I'm loving it! there goes another angry old man!!. The youth is the future of this Great Nation!!!!

    January 14, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Black Viper

    I pledge to myself and to all mighty God That I will never vote for a Republican as long as i am alive no matter who is running.
    The Democrats will get my vote only if they control their spending habits and the government expension while on power and I will have to evaluate them every four or two years.

    January 14, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. S M R

    1 less Corporate Driven GOP Hack in government is Great news. These People's soul purpose is to block any Legislation that would benefit the Average American. Vote them all out before they take us totally down the craper. THANKS

    January 14, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Michael from Ventura

    All republicans should "retire" or be voted out. I have a ten month old nephew that can can say "NO".

    January 14, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Minnesota gal

    Geezy peezy there are almost 1/3 more republicans retiring and the GOP has the nerve to say WHEN TWO DEMOCRATS say they are retiring, that they are dropping like flies.

    Both of the Democrats have long long service in congress and to add to that Dodd is suffering from cancer. So what's wrong with them retiring. Course, the republicans will use any excuse to pan, gee a mouse just ran across the floor, pan the democrats for that why don't cha.....

    YOU BETCHA YOU BETCHA YOU BETCHA YOU BETCHA IN THE WORDS OF THE AIR BRAIN.

    January 14, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Bren – if you want illegals out, why haven't your republican representatives done anything about it for the last 20 years?

    January 14, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Too True For You

    Don't forget people, Newt was the architect and chief enforcer of the incredibly divisive, winner-take-all, scorched earth tactics the neocons practiced so excruciatingly during the "Republican Revolution" and all the way to 2006 and beyond. Remember, Newt was the twisted little conservative Quasimodo that rang the death knell on partisan politics.

    Now he wants to reassert his failed leadership over a party he helped ideologically bankrupt to the extent that it can't evolve (I know, I know, right-wingers don't believe in evolution) past its antediluvian extremist ideals. Well, I've SEEN the results of his work – no thanks.

    January 14, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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