Fmr. House Speaker McCarthy Will Not Seek Reelection

December 6, 2023
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I know my work is only getting started.

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announcing he will not seek re-election in a Wall Street Journal editorial – a notable change in Republican leadership in the House of Representatives and the Republican party at large.

Why It Matters: Congressman McCarthy became the first House Speaker forced from office in American history, after a move by those in his own party opened the door for Democrats to also vote for his removal in office. The historic move followed a likewise historic 15 rounds of contentious voting months earlier, to elect McCarthy as speaker. McCarthy has held a variety of leadership roles within the Republican party during his time in the House, raising the question about the next leaders for the party in Washington D.C. and beyond.

Read his editorial HERE

Context: Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) who served as speaker “pro-tempore” after Congressman McCarthy lost the position also said he will NOT seek reelection, announcing his retirement from Congress. Note: Congressman McCarthy did NOT announce his “retirement” – only his desire to not seek office in the House of Representatives, raising questions about his future plans, which could include seeking another office (e.g. Senate, Governorship, President) or role within the Republican Party (e.g. Republican National Committee).

“Thirty House members — 19 Democrats and 11 Republicans — have announced that they will not seek reelection next year, covering a wide range of congressional seniority, post-House plans and reasons for jumping ship. Sixteen are retiring from public office, 11 are running for seats in the Senate, and three are eyeing other government positions” (The Hill).

by Jenna Lee,

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