On Friday, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), the Speaker of the House, announced that he would resign from Congress October 30.
Boehner has served as Speaker of the House since 2011.
His tenure has been framed by conflict with both Democrats and hard line conservatives of his own party.
One such fight on the debt-ceiling lead to a partial government shutdown in 2013.
Congress is facing another shutdown thanks to the conservative wing of the GOP who are holding the government hostage unless Planned Parenthood is defunded.
“The first job of any speaker is to protect this institution that we all love,” Boehner said in a statement not long after announcing his resignation to his colleagues. “It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the speakership and my seat in Congress on Oct. 30.”
Boehner has acknowledged the frequent calls from within his own party to resign and on-going internal struggles.
He admitted that while he believes he could survive those fights, that it is not worth putting himself or the party or the House through that.
“I really don’t want the institution hurt,” he said. “I don’t want my colleagues hurt. I don’t want to put my colleagues through this.”
More than 30 Tea Party Republicans in the House had scheduled a vote of non-confidence in Boehner two-weeks from now.
Boehner has previously announced that he would step down at the end of last year, but decided to stay on after Rep. Eric Cantor, his heir apparent, lost his election primary to a Tea Party firebrand.
While some Republicans have praised Boehner’s service, members of the more conservative Tea Party wing have been more withering than warm.
“Yesterday John Boehner was speaker of the House. You all come to town and somehow that changes,” said Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz. “My only request is can you come more often?”
Cruz was speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C.
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