Former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced on Wednesday that he will retire from Congress at the end of 2023.
McCarthy made the shocking revelation in an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, adding that he would be serving the American people in other ways.
“No matter the odds, or personal cost, we did the right thing. That may seem out of fashion in Washington these days, but delivering results for the American people is still celebrated across the country. It is in this spirit that I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways. I know my work is only getting started,” McCarthy wrote. “I will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office. The Republican Party is expanding every day, and I am committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders.”
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 revealed that believes America’s problems can be solved through innovations and not legislation.
“The most reliable solution to what ails America is before our eyes: everyday men and women who are raising families, showing up for work, volunteering, and pursuing the American Dream with passion and purpose. I agree with President Reagan’s observation that ‘all great change in America starts at the dinner table,'” McCarthy added.
McCarthy has experienced a lot of ups and downs in his political career, especially in 2023. The former speaker began the year with the hope of leading the new Congress. His hope was however met with fierce pushbacks from some of his Republican colleagues, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who did not want him as speaker.
While McCarthy leaving Congress is good for MAGA in the sense that he will no longer be there to sabotage, he is leaving at the end of the year on purpose to further diminish the @HouseGOP majority because he wants Republicans to lose the House once Trump is back in office.… https://t.co/Fm3dUUfmrp
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 6, 2023
McCarthy, however, reached the peak of his career after he was elected House speaker in January following 15 rounds of voting on the House floor.
🚨🚨 BREAKING — THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TO REMOVE KEVIN MCCARTHY AS SPEAKER.
8 Republicans and all Democrats present voted to oust McCarthy after 269 days as speaker.
The House, once again, is in a state of chaos.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 3, 2023
McCarthy’s world came crashing in October after Gaetz brought a resolution to the House floor that would have the California lawmaker ousted as speaker. Gaetz’s bill succeeded in a 216-210 vote, after eight House Republicans, including Gaetz, voted with their Democrat counterpart to have McCarthy ousted as speaker.