Boehner Statement on Retirement Announcement by Bill Thomas |
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the announcement by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) that he will retire at the end of the 109th Congress:

“I have great admiration and respect for Bill both personally and professionally.  The work he has accomplished on behalf of the American people, whether to lower taxes, provide quality health care, or create new jobs, has quite frankly been extraordinary.  He has been one of the most effective and successful legislators Congress has seen in years and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

“Bill’s devotion to the issues that matter and passion for seeing them through will be sorely missed.  For more than a decade, and especially over the last five years as a fellow committee chairman, we have forged a strong relationship on a variety of issues, most notably by working together to strengthen pension security.  I wish him the best, and look forward to working with him for the rest of this Congress and again in the future.”