ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Minnesota lawmakers are reacting to the news of the resignation of longtime Speaker of the House John Boehner.

A Minnesota Republican who was long aligned with departing House Speaker John Boehner says he’s shocked and saddened by his decision to leave Congress.

Rep. John Kline said Friday that Boehner will be missed in Washington and the Ohio congressman’s resignation will leave a “tremendous void” in the House.

Kline is part of GOP leadership as chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He is also on his way out, having announced this summer that he will retire after completing his seventh term next year.

DFL Chairman Ken Martin took Boehner’s resignation as an opportunity to discuss the differences between parties.

“The resignation of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner is a snapshot of what politics means to the Tea Party and the far right wing: partisanship at any cost,” Martin said in a recent press release. “Polls continually show that Americans want politicians to work together and move our country forward. Unlike the Tea Party, they don’t want another government shutdown, they want to see government work. Boehner’s resignation is a win for the Tea Party and a true loss for every American who wants our elected officials to get along and get the job done.”

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