BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson says history will look kindly on House Speaker John Boehner, who announced a stunning move to step down from his coveted leadership position and his seat in Congress at the end of October.

 

The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus Friday when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner's congressional career — a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.

Simpson says he's grateful for Boehner's leadership in a fractious Republican party and divided nation. Meanwhile, Rep. Raul Labrador — a member of Congress' conservative Freedom Caucus — says Boehner served with distinction and grace even though the two had their differences. Boehner took over the speakership in January 2011.