Kevin McCarthy Plans to Retire

( – Former House Speaker and California Republican Kevin McCarthy announced on December 6 that he will retire from the House of Representatives at the end of this year. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, the conservative leader said he decided to resign from Congress because it would allow him to serve the United States in “new ways.” McCarthy also said he will keep recruiting Republicans to run for office.

His announcement came after eight Republicans and 208 Democrats decided to oust him as the House Speaker in a final vote of 216-210. The move represented the first time in the United States history that Congress removed its speaker. Following the vote, McCarthy told reporters during a press conference he wouldn’t make another run for speaker.

In his op-ed, the conservative leader pointed out that his work is only “getting started” and said that the Republican Party is growing “every day.” He also wrote he’s committed to lending his experience to support the new conservative leaders that will lead the GOP in the future. McCarthy added that he’s also looking forward to helping risk-takers and entrepreneurs to reach their “full potential,” as he said that the challenge the country will face in the future will be solved by “innovation.”

Following his op-ed, North Carolina Republican Representative Richard Hudson said that McCarthy’s contributions to the United States and to make the House Republican majority grow are “unparalleled.” He also said that the GOP will always thank McCarthy for raising so much money and recruiting hundreds of “diverse” Republican candidates that led the party to control the House. In a statement, Hudson added that McCarthy always had a “devotion” to make the GOP stronger and a “deep love” for the country.

Various media outlets pointed out that McCarthy’s departure will shrink the GOP’s slim margin in Congress even more, following the expulsion of former New York Republican Representative George Santos. House Speaker Mike Johnson will now be able to lose a maximum amount of three Republican votes on each measure while still maintaining sufficient votes for measures to pass.

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