A chaotic US House is losing three Republican committee chairs to retirement in the span of a week

February 17, 2024

What makes the retirements particularly noteworthy is that none of the chairs were at risk of losing their position due to the term limits that House Republicans impose on their committee leaders. “They would clearly rather be home with their family than in Washington with a dysfunctional Congress,” said Republican strategist Doug Heye. The second retirement announcement came from the new chair of a special committee focused on China. Lucas, who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said he’s not considering stepping down any time soon. Heye, the Republican strategist, said the retirements of McMorris Rodgers, Green and Gallagher wouldn’t make sense in normal times.