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Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy will retire from Congress at the end of the year, he announced on Wednesday morning.
McCarthy wrote in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that he will retire from public service before his current term expires.
“No matter the odds, or personal cost, we did the right thing,” McCarthy said of his 17 years in Congress. “That may seem out of fashion in Washington these days, but delivering results for the American people is still celebrated across the country.”
He said he would transition to a role outside of government and that he would do so with no regrets.
“I never could have imagined the journey when I first threw my hat into the ring,” McCarthy wrote. “ I go knowing I left it all on the field — as always, with a smile on my face. And looking back, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
“I know my work is only getting started,” he added, noting he would “serve America in new ways.”
As for his next steps, McCarthy said he will remain active in Republican Party politics.
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