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Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announces he’s leaving Congress but not politics: ‘My work is only getting started’

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Wednesday that he plans to leave Congress by the end of the year.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. McCarthy’s op-ed wall street journal The ousted former speaker has revealed he is leaving the House of Commons to pursue “a new passion”.

“I have decided to leave the House of Representatives at the end of this year to serve our country in new ways, and I know that my work has only just begun,” McCarthy wrote.

He said he intends to continue “bringing the best and brightest people in our country to run for office.”

“The Republican Party is growing every day, and I will use my experience to help support the next generation of leaders,” he added.

McCarthy also announced his resignation in a video posted online. X.

“I sit here today as your whip, your leader, and your 55th Speaker of the House,” McCarthy said in the video. “It has been my greatest honor to have given my all to you.”

Mr. McCarthy, who was elected speaker of the House in January after 15 votes and then ousted by lawmakers in October, said he was “proud of what we accomplished.”

“We have won a majority in the House twice,” he continued. “We elected more Republican women, veterans, and minorities to Congress than ever before. We reduced the deficit by more than $2 trillion while fully preserving the nation’s trust and credibility.”

“Today, I am driven by the same purpose that I felt when I came to Congress,” he added. “But now it’s time to pursue my passion in a new arena. I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of this year, but I will never give up fighting for the country I love.”

McCarthy ended the video by thanking his supporters.

In October, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) spearheaded an effort to remove McCarthy from the chair.For the first time in this country’s history, members of Congress voted to remove Speaker of the House from his office.

Following the decision, McCarthy said at a press conference: “Doing the right thing is not always easy, but it’s necessary. I don’t regret choosing to govern over grievance. It’s my responsibility and my job.” ”

At the time, he said he had no plans to run for chairman again.

Three weeks after McCarthy’s ouster, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) was elected Speaker of the House with 220 votes.

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