Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted as Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in October, announced Wednesday that he will resign from Congress at the end of the year.
The 58-year-old California congressman’s departure will give Republicans a narrow 220-213 majority in the House of Representatives.
McCarthy’s announcement comes just days after George Santos, a scandal-plagued Republican representative from New York, was expelled from the House of Representatives, only the sixth member to be expelled since Congress began deliberations in 1789.
Two months ago, McCarthy became the first speaker in the House’s 234-year history to be ousted.
He was ousted in a rebellion by far-right members of his Republican Party who were angry about his collaboration with Democrats.
The former entrepreneur sparked outrage among conservatives when he passed a bipartisan stopgap funding measure with support from the White House to avert a government shutdown.
In a Wall Street Journal column announcing his resignation, McCarthy, who was elected to Congress in 2006 and whose final two-year term was set to end in January 2025, said he would remain involved in Republican politics.
“I know my work is just beginning,” he said. “I will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office.
“The Republican Party is growing every day and I am committed to using my experience to support the next generation of leaders.”
Special elections are being held in California and New York to replace McCarthy and Santos in the 435-seat House of Representatives.
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