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The former chairman of the House of Representatives announces his resignation

2023-12-07 07:07:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
The former chairman of the House of Representatives announces his resignation
Republican lawmaker Kevin McCarthy

Two months after his historic impeachment as House leader, Republican lawmaker Kevin McCarthy announced Wednesday that he will step down at the end of the year.

The announcement marks the end of the congressional career of the California representative, a former Bakersfield deli owner who rose through the ranks of state and national politics to become one of the most important figures in Washington before a group of hard-line conservatives ousted him last month. October.

McCarthy, 58, is the only House Speaker in history to be impeached.

"No matter the odds or the personal cost, we did the right thing," Mr. McCarthy wrote in The Wall Street Journal, announcing the decision to leave Congress.

"It is in this spirit that I have decided to leave the House of Representatives at the end of this year to serve America in new ways," he wrote.

His departure further narrows the already slim Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Last week, Congress voted to impeach New York Republican lawmaker George Santos on corruption charges.

Mr. McCarthy was elected to the House of Representatives in January 2007 after serving in the California Assembly, where he served as minority leader./ VOA

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