January 14th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
5 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. Dan, TX

    Running scared, they know they'll be trounced in 2010.

    January 14, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. ian in Boulder CO

    "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." The guy is a freedom fighter ain't he? Look out for our Che Gevara to join a Washington lobbying firm.

    January 14, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. James, Phoenix AZ

    I was born and raised and still live in Arizona and I say good riddance. He and McCain have done nothing for this state except impede what needs to be done for an economic recovery.

    January 14, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Mark S.

    He's retiring so he can fight for Dick Cheeney's freedom to take away your civil liberties.

    January 14, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Dex, Houston TX

    These Republicans will be replaced with younger Republicans, but even the young Republicans have the same old mentality. If you don't walk like them, talk like them or look like them....then they don't want anything to do with you.....that's the core belief of all Republicans.

    Obama/Biden
    2008/2012

    January 14, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Obama Fan

    And another one's gone, another one bites the dust!

    January 14, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    Obama is not so popular, but he's 10 times more popular than any republican.

    January 14, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Robert

    Now the rest of the Republicans need to retire! To many have been in office way to long, get with the change!

    January 14, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. vicky from Milwaukee

    Would have been big, big news if it was a Democrat. You guys are just FOX wantabes.

    January 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Johnny Five

    Planet X?

    January 14, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Should I believe a billionaire on am radio

    His payoff money bags are full,now he will fly off to his island and let this country go the way of the dinosaur.

    January 14, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. GOP2010

    I usually do not agree with liberals but I agree with Vic...Please take John McCain with you.

    January 14, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Ben

    REG in AZ – "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"

    You're kidding, right? We shouldn't blame Democraps Liberalness?? What are you smoking? Liberalism doesn't need to be praised, it needs to be destroyed. It's a DISEASE.

    January 14, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Ben

    Beverly in NC – "Republicans need to tell the truth"

    Huh? You honestly think the Democrats corner the market on honesty? You need to put the crack pipe down. Democrats are nothing but lies.

    January 14, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Chris - Denver

    Oh, boy, they're dropping like flies, no way the Republican party has a future now. Right, media? Right?

    January 14, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. guy from NM

    How many more to go? Then the Dems, should start to retire too. We could take care of this place better than they all have

    January 14, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Another GOP party of NO calls it quits because he doesn't agree with the people he represents. Surprise, surprise. Maybe if the GOP did their job and represented the people instead of playing party politics he wouldn't have to quit. But then again, that's the GOP way, ignore the people and support the party, and when things get a little hard, quit.

    January 14, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Ben

    Randolph Carter – "If you tax the rich, how are they going to create all of those jobs in China and India?"

    See that's the typical Liberal mentality that's bankrupting this country. Blame the wealthy, blame the corporations.

    You CANNOT tax the rich and get us to prosperity. It simply doesn't work.

    January 14, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    10 house dems have announced plans to retire vs. the 14 rethug representatives who have announced the same.

    2 democratic senators and 6 rethug senators have announced plans to retire.

    Considering the dems have huge majorities in both houses of congress, it seems the rethugs are in much worse shape than the dems.

    January 14, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. MaryanneAZ

    I have no doubt that he is eyeing the Governor's job. Brewer is wildly unpopular, and the job would nicely round out his resume for a future Presidential run. There is certainly no good reason to leave a job in the House with the downturn in our State's law firm jobs.

    January 14, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. greg

    Shadegg 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."

    Here, here! Freedom for rich, white lawyers and bankers from paying taxes. Expect Shadegg to become another scumbag lobbyist or influence peddler.

    January 14, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. SammyD

    I noticed that the CNN ticker is always bringing Palin, republicans, Newt, whatever they can do to bring bad press but what they fail to remember is the american people are FED UP WITH ALL OF THEM! Hey CNN where is the big story on the unions and the cadillac tax? Obama's broken promise of having C-SPAN in the debates, etc, etc, etc. Wow, where is the check and balances in the media???

    January 14, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Sarah

    With the latest remarks from Pat Robertson ( this earthquake is becasue Haiti sold their souls to the devil 200 years ago) He must not be a very good minister.......after all from what I have read in the Bible, God does not punish people for other peoples sins......even if their relatives sold their souls to the devil 200 years ago, those people have long been dead and these poor people had nothing to do with selling their souls.......this man gives all Christians a bad name, he certainly is causing certain death to the Republican party.....after all Republicans are the ones that the Religious conservative Ring wingers have supported and continue to support and if the GOP had any intelligent leaders they would come out and slam Robertson and his remarks ...... not to mention the remarks of Rush Limbaugh about Haiti and this earthquake they need someone in the GOP with enough spunk to tell them both to shut up and to go to HELL.......I can see why so many are jumping ship

    January 14, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. LacrosseSon

    My mom is stupid if she thinks a dem will win this seat.

    January 14, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Robert

    Yet Fox will spin this as "Democrats are running for the hills!" despite the fact that double the percentage of Republicans are retiring (triple in the Senate).

    January 14, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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