Updated 9 a.m. Wednesday
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he will retire from the House of Representatives at the end of this year, departing before the end of his term.
McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield, announced his plans in an essay published in the Wall Street Journal.
“No matter the odds or personal cost, we did the right thing,” McCarthy wrote. “That may seem out of fashion in Washington these days, but delivering results for the American people is still celebrated across the country. It is in this spirit that I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways. I know my work is only getting started.”
McCarthy was removed as speaker earlier this year in a rare House vote. His ouster led to a three-week debacle that left the House unable to function as the Republican conference struggled to reach consensus on a new leader.
McCarthy’s departure shrinks Republican majority and could increase chances of a government shutdown
With McCarthy’s resignation and the recent ouster of New York Republican Rep. George Santos, Speaker Mike Johnson’s wafer-thin majority continues to shrink.