Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the former House speaker who was ousted from his position in October in a revolt by hard-right members, will not seek reelection to his congressional seat and will retire from Congress at the end of this month, he announced Wednesday.
“I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways,” McCarthy said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I know my work is only getting started.”
McCarthy’s departure before the end of his term means California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will have to call a special election to replace him.
With the Santos expulsion and Bill Johnson leaving to take a University president job, McCarthy’s departure leave the House Republicans with a slim two seat majority. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) also announced he would be leaving at the end of his term, which is over a year away.