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The Republican majority in the House will soon be down to just 1 vote

Katie Balevic   

The Republican majority in the House will soon be down to just 1 vote
  • The GOP majority in the House is hanging by a thread as another lawmaker leaves early.
  • Several departing members have cited GOP dysfunction and infighting as their last straw.

The narrow majority House Republicans have enjoyed this session is dwindling by the day.

Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, one of the few Republicans to object to the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced on Friday that he'd leave Congress before his term is complete, according to the House Press Gallery. In a statement, Gallagher said he'd leave office on April 19.

In recent months, several other Republican House members have also announced that they'd be leaving. Some cited dysfunction within the Republican Party as the reason for their decision.

"This place just keeps going downhill, and I don't need to spend my time here," Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado said earlier this month following his announcement that he was stepping down effective March 22. The representative was elected to office in 2014.

Buck's departure followed announcements from multiple Republican committee chairs — Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee, and Rep. Kay Granger of Texas — that they, too, were leaving Congress.

Remaining and departing members have complained about political gridlock and a lack of productivity this session. The Republican majority censured three Democratic lawmakers and saw upheaval with the ousting of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. There was also a fair amount of political theater around the expulsion of GOP Rep. George Santos of New York, whose departure opened a potential seat for Democrats in 2024.

After the 2022 election cycle, the GOP expected a "red wave" but only won the House majority by nine seats. While both parties have seen departures this session, Republicans are now just one seat away from losing that majority altogether.

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