GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher to Resign Early, Impacting Republican Majority

Mike Gallagher

GOP Representative Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin has announced his early resignation from Congress, dealing another blow to Speaker Mike Johnson and the already slim Republican majority. Confirming his resignation effective April 19, Gallagher cited family conversations leading to his decision but did not specify a reason.

Navigating a Narrow Majority In The Quake Left By Mike Gallagher

With three vacancies already in the House – two Republicans and one Democrat – and Representative Ken Buck of Colorado set to depart after this week, Johnson’s majority will shrink to a fragile 217-to-213. This delicate balance means Republicans can only afford to lose one vote with full attendance to pass legislation.

News of Gallagher’s decision was first reported by NBC News. Gallagher, chairman of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, acknowledged the need for a new chair to continue the committee’s critical work after his departure.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise downplayed concerns over the shrinking majority, emphasizing the necessity for unity to accomplish legislative goals. The announcement coincides with a turbulent day for the House GOP, marked by the passage of a government funding bill opposed by many Republicans. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s move to challenge Speaker Johnson further underscores internal tensions within the party.

Mike Gallagher’s resignation comes amidst a two-week recess around the Easter holiday, leaving him with limited legislative days before exiting Congress.