John Boehner (file)
John Boehner (file)Reuters

House Speaker, Republican leader, and Ohio congressman John Boehner will step down in October, he announced Friday, amid tensions within the US's conservative political arena over his leadership. 

Boehner reportedly told a Republican meeting Friday morning that he did not want to be "the issue" at hand amidst conservative infighting.

The Guardian reports that the Speaker has been subject to intense criticism from within the Republican party over his leadership, despite being re-elected to the post on January 8. 

Boehner has served as House Speaker for four years and as an Ohio congressman for over 30. An aide said he will resign on October 30. 

He has been emphatically pro-Israel, and personally invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak in Congress earlier this year  - a controversial move, after Politico revealed that Boehner’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff coordinated with Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

The Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency and is widely considered one of the most powerful in Washington.