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Here Are the Members of Congress Who Want Eric Shinseki Gone

More than 100 lawmakers, including a growing number of Democrats, want new leadership at the VA.


(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

So far, 125 members of Congress have called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down from office amid the scandal engulfing his department. The majority of those members are Republicans, but after an inspector general's report released Wednesday confirmed many of the allegations against the department, many more Democrats have jumped on board, several of whom face difficult reelection prospects in November.

Here's a list of members in both chambers who have called on Shinseki to resign—or in some cases for President Obama to fire him outright—including links to statements and video clips. We'll update the tally as more speak out.


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Senate Democrats: 10

Al Franken (Minn.) **


Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) **

Jeff Merkley (Ore.)

Kay Hagan (N.C.) **

Mark Udall (Colo.) **


Mark Warner (Va.) **

Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Mary Landrieu (La.)

Tim Kaine (Va.)

Tom Udall (N.M.)

Senate Republicans: 14

Dean Heller (Nev.) ***

Deb Fischer (Neb.)

Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

Jerry Moran (Kan.) ***

John Boozman (Ark.) ***

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Texas) **

John McCain (Ariz.)

Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)

Marco Rubio (Fla.)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)

Pat Roberts (Kan.)

Senate Veterans Affairs ranking member Richard Burr (N.C.) ***

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Tim Scott (S.C.)

House Democrats: 30

Ami Bera (Calif.)

Ann Kuster (N.H.) ***

Bruce Braley (Iowa.) *

Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.)

Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Dan Lipinski (Ill.)

Dan Maffei (N.Y.)

David Cicilline (R.I.)

Dave Loebsack (Iowa)

David Scott (Ga.)

Derek Kilmer (Wash.)

Gary Peters (Mich.) *

Jerry McNerney (Calif.)

Jim Himes (Conn.)

Joe Garcia (Fla.)

John Barrow (Ga.)

Julia Brownley (Calif.) ***

Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.)

Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)

House Veterans Affairs Committee ranking member Mike Michaud (Maine) ***

Nick Rahall (W.V.)

Patrick Murphy (Fla.)

Raul Ruiz (Calif.) ***

Rick Nolan (Minn.)

Scott Peters (Calif.)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.)

Suzan DelBene (Wash.)

Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)

Tim Ryan (Ohio)

Tim Walz (Minn.) ***

House Republicans: 71

Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)

Adrian Smith (Neb.)

Bill Cassidy (La.) *

Blake Farenthold (Texas)

Bob Gibbs (Ohio)

Bradley Byrne (Ala.)

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (Calif.)

Chris Collins (N.Y.)

Cory Gardner (Colo.) *

David Joyce (Ohio)

Dennis Ross (Fla.)

Doug Lamborn (Colo.) ***

Duncan Hunter (Calif.)

Erik Paulsen (Minn.)

House Veterans Affairs Committee Vice-Chairman Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) ***

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)

Jack Kingston (Ga.) *

Jackie Walorski (Ind.) ***

Jason Chaffetz (Utah)

Jeb Hensarling (Ariz.)

Jeff Denham (Calif.) ***

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (Fla.) ***

Jim Bridenstein (Okla.)

Jim Gerlach (Pa.)

Joe Wilson (S.C.)

John Kline (Minn.)

Kay Granger (Texas)

Kenny Marchant (Texas)

Kerry Bentivolio (Mich.)

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.)

Kristi Noem (S.D.)

Larry Bucshon (Ind.)

Leonard Lance (N.J.)

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)

Martha Roby (Ala.)

Matt Salmon (Ariz.)

Michele Bachmann (Minn.)

Mike Coffman (Colo.) ***

Mike Rogers (Ala.)

Patrick McHenry (N.C.)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.)

Paul Broun (Ga.)

Paul Cook (Ill.) ***

Paul Gosar (Ariz.)

Pete Olson (Texas)

Phil Gingrey (Ga.)

Phil Roe (Tenn.) ***

Randy Forbes (Va.)

Reid Ribble (Wis.)

Rich Nugent (Fla.)

Richard Hanna (N.Y.)

Richard Hudson (N.C.)

Rick Crawford (Ark.)

Rob Wittman (Va.)

Robert Pittenger (N.C.)

Rodney Davis (Ill.)

Sean Duffy (Wis.)

Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) *

Steve Daines (Mont.) *

Steve Pearce (N.M.)

Steve Southerland (Fla.)

Steve Stivers (Ohio)

Susan Brooks (Ind.)

Ted Yoho (Fla.)

Tim Griffin (Ark.)

Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) ***

Todd Rokita (Ind.)

Tom Cotton (Ark.) *

Tom Latham (Iowa)

Tom Marino (Pa.)

Tom Rice (S.C.)

* Indicates a House member running for the Senate this year

** Indicates senators who are up for reelection this year

*** Indicates a member who sits on his or her chamber's Veterans' Affairs Committee

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Sen. Richard Burr as the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He holds that position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Top Lawmakers Call on VA Chief Shinseki to Resign

This article appears in the May 30, 2014 edition of NJ Daily.