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. Marc from california

    Fellow Dems, I wouldn't hold your breath on capturing this seat, but let's give it all we've got!

    January 14, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Mike

    I wish uhbama would retire.

    January 14, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. NotFooledTX

    Yikes!!! "They're dropping like flies"!!!

    January 14, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. john

    About time!!!!

    January 14, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Just look at how he and McCain and the other Taliban have ruined the state of Arizona.

    January 14, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Should I believe a billionaire on am radio

    Just look at the face of conservatism.hahaha

    January 14, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. freelance

    Robert is right. Fox will run another column about Democrats jumping from a sinking ship.

    January 14, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Lee

    why is it never sarah palin?? oh, i misread the headline...he retired, didn't quit...my mistake

    January 14, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Huh

    Fight for Freedom? You have a 0% rating from the HRC.

    January 14, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. David in San Diego

    Quite aside from partisanship and tought election campaigns, isn't it clear that for many in Congress governing just isn't fun or even productive anymore? It is so hard to get anything done, and it always involves unnecessary roadblocks and personal attacks–I wonder why people are willing to serve in elected office. I don't know which party will gain or lose seats, or how many, in the House and in the Senate, but the outcome–whatever it is–is not likely to improve governance.

    January 14, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Not Another Republican Retiring . . . .But I'm Sure

    . . . The TeaBag Party candidate can win this seat.

    January 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. v

    Wouldn't be great if we could impeach all the Repug's and put someone in that would work with the Democrats to help make this country a better place.

    I am still waiting for the people on this blog that are pro Repug to explain what they think the problems are here in the good old USA and how they would fix each of the problems.

    I just don't under stand how all of you that are complaining thank that everything can be fixed over night. The President is just part of the total picture. He has to have House and the Senate to agree on bills so he can sign them into law. If all you ever get out of the Repugs is NO then the chances of getting 60 Democrats to agree on everything is next to impossiable.

    Just because the Repugs can't stand to work with a African American doesn't mean they need to just say no. They need to do what the people want and that is to work with the Democrats and get something done.

    January 14, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. m smith

    Maybe they will wake up and vote democratic this time. Haven't they had enough of Mc Caine politics? We can hope.

    January 14, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. They call me "tater salad"

    Even the rats on the Titanic knew when to abandon ship........I guess even a Republican can actually come up with a good idea once in a while.......Silly me.

    January 14, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Steve in Kentucky

    Let's see, CNN. Does this count as "Republicans Dropping Like Flies?"

    January 14, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Jim

    This is the third Republican to retire? Get your facts straight CNN, this is the 15th Republican to reitre compared to 11 for the Democrats.

    January 14, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Adam from Ohio

    OH MY GOD REPUBLICANS IN DISARRAY! RATS FLEEING A SINKING SHIP! ETC ETC ETC!!!!

    ... Oh, wait. CNN and the "liberal media" only get all breathless about each retirement spelling DOOM AND GLOOM for the retiree's party when the retiree is a Democrat.

    Carry on, then.

    January 14, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. AZ Steve

    Thank God! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    January 14, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. u2canfail

    Glad to see another retirement. Maybe a thinker in that seat. You know a person who can stand up to the Tea Partiers GOP. They make no sense. Want free health care at the ER, instead of a policy you might have to pay something for. Can't wait for their convention at $ 595 a head. Maybe that ex Mayor of NYC can explain how ..... there were NO ATTACKs on the good ole USA under "W"! 'course I think that was him at the flag talking to firefighters, but history is probably wrong.

    January 14, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Robert, you hit the nail on the head: All Republicans can offer is nonsensical spin in their desperate desire to somehow regain power.

    And to what end? All of their policies and ideas are proven failures! After 30 years of voodoo Reaganomics and 8 years of disastrous Bush/Cheney economic, military and foreign policy, the only methods left to the GOP are lies, manipulation and fear-mongering.

    My guess is all these Republicans who are not running for re-election are either too embarrassed to be associated with their party anymore, or they're just reading the writing on the wall that their party is fracturing along pretty pathetic lines.

    I mean really: Palin and Gingrich as "leaders"? Whew!

    January 14, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Brian from NJ

    I wish all of them, Dems and Reps, would quit... except Ron Paul. These career politicians who have been leeching off of us their entire careers need to be put back into the general public and have all their gov't perks taken away, too. We need to add 534 ex-Representatives and ex-Senators to the November unemploment figures...

    January 14, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. martin

    Right state, wrong politician.

    January 14, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Surrendor G-Thugs

    As Glenda the Good Witch said to the Wicked Witch of the West, "Off with you, you have no power here".
    –The Wizard of Oz

    January 14, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Donkey Party

    Republicans who were ashamed of calling themselves "Republicans" now call themselves "Conservatives", in hopes that Americans are too stupid to remember that Republicans only destroy America, and not help America. Liberalism moves the country forward, Conservatism returns us to the Dark Ages. Pretty easy pick if you ask me.

    January 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Albo58

    If most of the things this President wants is wrong for those real dumb people like me that actually pay taxes (read: taxpayers)n then why shouldn't we say No? BTW, this Congressman will be replaced by another Republican because this President hasn't granted amnesty to illegal aliens...yet!

    January 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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