These Members of Congress Want VA Secretary Shinseki Gone

May 29, 2014 8:52am

After the VA’s inspector general released an interim report Wednesday citing “systemic” misconduct at veteran hospitals throughout the country, a tsunami of lawmakers added their names to what until now had been a small chorus of calls for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign or be fired by President Obama.

Of the 532 current members of Congress, at least 129 of them, including 43 Democrats, have requested the secretary’s departure – along with eight major candidates for high office.

House Democrats (32):

Ron Barber, Arizona; John Barrow, Georgia; Ami Bera, California; Bruce Braley, Iowa (running for U.S. Senate); Julia Brownley, California; David Cicilline, Rhode Island; Peter DeFazio, Oregon; Suzan DelBene, Washington; Tammy Duckworth, Illinois; Joe Garcia, Florida; Steve Israel, New York; Derek Kilmer, Washington; Ann Kuster, New Hampshire; Dan Lipinski, Illinois; Dave Loebsack, Iowa; Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico; Dan Maffei, New York; Jerry McNerney, California; Veterans Affairs Ranking Democrat Michael Michaud, Maine; Patrick Murphy, Florida; Rick Nolan, Minnesota; Gary Peters, Michigan (running for U.S. Senate); Scott Peters, California; Collin Peterson, Minnesota; Nick Rahall, West Virginia; Raul Ruiz, California; Tim Ryan, Ohio; David Scott, Georgia; Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire; Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona; and Tim Walz, Minnesota.

House Republicans (72):

Michele Bachmann, Minnesota; Dan Benishek, Michigan; Kerry Bentivolio, Michigan; Diane Black, Tennessee; Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee; Jim Bridenstine, Oklahoma; Susan Brooks, Indiana; Paul Broun, Georgia; Larry Bucshon, Indiana; Bradley Byrne, Alabama; Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia (running for U.S. Senate); Bill Cassidy, Louisiana (running for U.S. Senate); Jason Chaffetz, Utah; Mike Coffman, Colorado; Chris Collins, New York; Paul Cook, Illinois; Tom Cotton, Arkansas (running for U.S. Senate); Rick Crawford, Arkansas; Steve Daines, Montana; Rodney Davis, Illinois; Jeff Denham, California; Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee; Sean Duffy, Wisconsin; Blake Farenthold, Texas; Randy Forbes, Virginia; Cory Gardner, Colorado (running for U.S. Senate); Bob Gibbs, Ohio; Phil Gingrey, Georgia; Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania; Paul Gosar, Arizona; Kay Granger, Texas; Tim Griffin, Arkansas; Richard Hanna, New York; Jeb Hensarling, Texas; Richard Hudson, North Carolina; Tim Huelskamp, Kansas; Duncan Hunter, California; Jack Kingston, Georgia (running for U.S. Senate); Adam Kinzinger, Illinois; John Kline, Minnesota; Doug Lamborn, Colorado; Tom Latham, Iowa; Kenny Marchant, Texas; Tom Marino, Pennsylvania; House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California; Patrick McHenry, North Carolina; House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, California; Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania; House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, Florida; Kristi Noem, South Dakota; Richard Nugent, Florida; Pete Olson, Texas; Steven Palazzo, Mississippi; Erik Paulsen, Minnesota; Steven Pearce, New Mexico; Robert Pittenger, North Carolina; Tom Rice, South Carolina; Martha Roby (calls on President Obama to fire Shinseki); Phil Roe, Tennessee; Mike Rogers, Alabama; Todd Rokita, Indiana; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida; Dennis Ross, Florida; Matt Salmon, Arizona; Adrian Smith, Nebraska; Steve Southerland, Florida; Steve Stivers, Ohio; Scott Tipton, Colorado; Jackie Walorski, Indiana; Rob Whittman, Virginia; Joe Wilson, South Carolina; and Ted Yoho, Florida.

Senate Democrats (11):

Al Franken, Minnesota; Kay Hagan, North Carolina; Martin Heinrich, New Mexico; Jeff Merkley, Oregon; Tim Kaine, Virginia; Mary Landrieu, Louisiana; Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire; Mark Udall, Colorado; Tom Udall, New Mexico; John Walsh, Montana; and Mark Warner, Virginia.

Senate Republicans (14)

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire; John Boozman, Arkansas; Richard Burr, North Carolina; John Cornyn, Texas, Jeff Flake, Arizona; Deb Fischer, Nebraska; Dean Heller, Nevada; John McCain, Arizona; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky; Jerry Moran, Kansas; Rob Portman, Ohio; Pat Roberts, Kansas; Marco Rubio, Florida; and Tim Scott, South Carolina.

Senate Democrat Candidates (3):

Allison Grimes, Kentucky; Michelle Nunn, Georgia; and Natalie Tennant, West Virginia (Braley/Iowa, Peters/Michigan counted in House Dems).

Senate Republican Candidates (4):

Scott Brown, New Hampshire; Joe Carr, Tennessee; Terri Lynn, Michigan; and Dan Sullivan, Alaska (Capito/West Virginia, Gardner/Colorado, Cotton/Arkansas, Cassidy/Louisiana counted in House GOP).

Gubernatorial Candidates (1):

Charlie Christ, Florida.

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz contributed to this report

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