Exodus from Speaker Johnson’s office: 4 top aides unveil departure plans

Nearly seven months after Mike Johnson became Speaker of the House of Representatives, four of his top aides in his office announced plans to step down within 24 hours of each other.

Mr. Johnson’s policy advisers Brittan Specht, Jason Jaworski and Preston Hill have left the Louisiana Republican Party’s office to work in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas and other states. He will join lobbying firm Michael Best Strategies, the chairman’s office confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Specht, Jaworske and Hill also worked in the office of ousted former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

A fourth staffer, Raj Shah, told Fox News Digital that he also plans to leave the chairman’s office, but his resignation has not been finalized. The former Trump administration deputy press secretary and Fox Corp. executive is Johnson’s deputy chief of staff for communications.

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Four aides to House Speaker Mike Johnson announced plans to resign over the same day. (Getty Images)

Mr Shah, who was one of Mr Johnson’s key early hires as chairman, said he wanted to resolve the issue with his team in Mr Johnson’s office before stepping down.

The policy advisor’s resignation was first reported on punch bowl news Tuesday morning. Shah’s plans to retire were reported. Axios late model Tuesday evening.

“It is an honor to serve Chairman Johnson, especially at such a historic time,” Shah told Fox News Digital, referring to his statement on Axios. “He led the conference through difficult issues. “He has shown great leadership at the helm. Chairman Johnson has built a true brand as a strong leader.” We are willing to make tough decisions and put our country and organization first. ”

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House Speaker Mike Johnson will leave the White House in February 2024, followed by Senior Advisor Raj Shah. (Getty Images)

Multiple sources told Fox News Digital that Shah’s news was unrelated to the three policy advisers.

However, this is a significant personnel change for a relatively new leadership, and comes less than six months before elections in November 2024.

House Republicans face an uphill battle to maintain their razor-thin majority, especially in the wake of a legislative term marked by bitter infighting.

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The three policy aides who are retiring also worked for former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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