Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy will retire from Congress at the end of the year, he announced on Wednesday morning.
“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.
“I will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office,” he stated. “The Republican Party is expanding every day, and I am committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders.”
McCarthy also shared a video on social media that chronicled his journey from “the son of a firefighter from Bakersfield” to becoming the 55th Speaker of the House, which he called his “greatest honor.”
As the son of a firefighter from Bakersfield, my story is the story of America. For me, every moment came with a great deal of devotion and responsibility.
Serving you in Congress and as the 55th Speaker of the House has been my greatest honor. pic.twitter.com/jNnYQ8UO4k
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) December 6, 2023
McCarthy’s decision to step down will cause the GOP’s House majority to shrink further following last week’s expulsion of Rep. George Santos of New York.
The California Republican’s retirement announcement was mostly celebrated by conservatives on X (formerly Twitter):
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out you useless RINO!
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) December 6, 2023
Kevin you were bitter disappointment.
— Grunt (@ChetCarrier) December 6, 2023
You lied to constituents. Goodbye
— Dana Justice AMERICA FIRST🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@msunitedam) December 6, 2023
You served the elites and banking cartels, while throwing the American people under the bus.
— Gettysburg Obsessed (@burgride) December 6, 2023
I warned Republican voters that you’d squander your power for the sake of the uni-party.
I was right.
— Shawn Quinn (@ShawnQuinn83) December 6, 2023
A day before the former speaker announced he would call it quits, one of his key allies announced he would not seek another term.
Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina announced on Tuesday that his current term will be his last.
McHenry acted as speaker pro tempore for three weeks after McCarthy was ousted from his leadership position on Oct. 3.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.