Friday, March 21, 2008
With Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (N.Y.), below, announcing his retirement yesterday, all but two of the Republican leaders who controlled the House before Democrats seized power in the 2006 elections are gone or on their way out. A look at the team, now mostly on the sidelines.
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (Ill.)
Hastert, who announced his retirement last August after 11 terms and left in November, served as House speaker from 1999 until Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) succeeded him in 2007 -- making him the longest-serving Republican speaker. Earlier this month, Republican Jim Oberweis lost to Democrat Bill Foster in the special election to fill Hastert's suburban Chicago seat.
Rep. Tom DeLay (Tex.)
The majority leader from 2003 until 2005, since indicted on criminal charges related to campaign finance violations, announced he was withdrawing from a reelection campaign in April 2006 and formally resigned on June 9, 2006.
Rep. Deborah Pryce (Ohio)
Pryce was elected chairwoman of the Republican Conference in 2002. She announced in August 2007 that she will not seek a ninth term.
Rep. Thomas M . Reynolds ( N.Y .)
As chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 108th Congress, Reynolds helped oversee GOP House campaigns at a time when the party lost 30 seats.
Rep. John T . Doolittle (Calif.)