McCarthy Says His Final Goodbye

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( – On Tuesday, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) submitted his official resignation marking that he would leave his seat in Congress on Dec. 31. In his communication to the House, which was read by the House reading clerk, McCarthy stated that he had been honored to be serving in the House for 17 years. 

McCarthy announced earlier this month that he would be leaving his office prior to the end of his term. In October, McCarthy became the first Speaker to be formally removed from his post. The announcement that he would be leaving the House of Representatives came right before the deadline for reelection submission in California. 

McCarthy added that even beyond his official resignation he would continue to help with mentoring and recruiting candidates. With McCarthy’s resignation, it becomes possible that the GOP’s majority in the House could drop to two members within the coming weeks. This will all depend on other planned resignations and the results of the special elections. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will be required to call for a state special election within two weeks of McCarthy’s departure from his seat. From there the election will need to take place within 126 and 140 days. 

Last week, McCarthy referenced the election law in California which could potentially have allowed for a seat to remain vacant if he had opted to leave office in January. This is something that occurred in 2020 following the resignation of former Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). 

McCarthy during an hour-long discussion with reporters argued that it was “bittersweet” to be leaving the House. He further pointed out that he was not opposed to the possibility of serving in a possible second Trump administration. 

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