House Speaker John Boehner will resign in October, he announced on Friday. He made the surprise announcement in a GOP conference, and word quickly leaked out on Twitter.

Speaker Boehner just announced in Conference that he will resign as Speaker and from Congress at the end of October.

— Rep. Bill Huizenga (@RepHuizenga) September 25, 2015

“He didn’t give anyone a heads up. This was a complete surprise to all of us,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told the Washington Post. The paper reported “a long period of applause” could be heard outside of the conference meeting room after the announcement was made. Read more…

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Speaker John Boehner to resign in October, aides say