On Wednesday, the Huffington Post reported that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is likely to step down from his position after the 2014 midterm elections. According to several of his allies, Boehner wants to “leave a legacy,” but “has had enough of the high political drama and intraparty feuding on Capitol Hill.”
Another former senior aide to the Speaker would be “surprised” if the Ohio congressman sought re-election. And a GOP operative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, explained that Boehner has only denied the rumors because “the minute you say you [you’re leaving], you’re done.”
He added: “Everybody around him thinks this is his last term.”
Others point out that that even if Boehner does seek re-election, there is a chance that House Republicans will not vote for him to remain as Speaker.
With the growing possibility of Boehner’s departure, speculation has naturally turned to his potential successors. Here are five House Republicans who could end up serving as the 62nd Speaker of the House.
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com