By Mariana Alfaro, Jacqueline Alemany and Leigh Ann Caldwell
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the former House speaker who was ousted from his position in October in a revolt by hard-right members, will not seek reelection to his congressional seat and will retire from Congress at the end of this month, he announced Wednesday.
“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways,” McCarthy said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I know my work is only getting started.”
McCarthy’s retirement will bring to an end a 16-year House career in which he rose quickly through the ranks of Republican leadership, culminating with his stint as speaker. His ouster marked the first time in history that the House voted to remove its leader, a move that threw the chamber into a period of instability.
McCarthy’s departure before the end of his term means California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will have to call a special election to replace him.
Source: Washington Post