WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the announcement by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX):
- "Simply put Tom is one of the most effective and gifted leaders the Republican Party has ever known. He was a tireless advocate for his constituents, the state of Texas, and all Americans who shared a commitment to the principles of smaller government, more freedom, and family values.
“The country owes Tom a great debt of gratitude for helping lead America in a new direction – a direction outlined in the Contract with America that saw balanced budgets, historic welfare reforms, lower taxes, regulatory relief, and a renewed respect for the sanctity of life. I am pleased he plans to remain active and engaged in fighting for the principles that unite our Republican majority.
“He has served our nation with integrity and honor, and I'm honored to call him my colleague and friend."