Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-20) announced yesterday he is resigning from Congress this month before the end of his term in January 2025. The 58-year-old's exit caps off a 17-year career in the House and comes two months after he became the first House speaker in US history to be removed from office.
McCarthy, who was elected to Congress in 2006 and became speaker in January after 15 rounds of votes (see voting record), currently represents a safe Republican district spanning much of the southern parts of California's Central Valley (see map). A primary special election will need to be held in California next year to fill McCarthy's seat.
McCarthy joins more than 30 members of the House and at least seven members of the Senate who aren't seeking reelection (see list).
Separately, the fourth GOP primary debate was held last night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, featuring former Govs. Nikki Haley (SC) and Chris Christie (NJ), Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL), and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. See takeaways here.