Several Democratic lawmakers have made headlines in recent weeks by announcing that they will not be seeking another term in Congress.
Although significantly fewer Republicans have made such determinations, one prominent GOP legislator confirmed his impending resignation this week.
“Effective today at 11:59 p.m.”
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) recited a letter on the House floor on Monday in which he officially announced his departure after recently indicating that he would be stepping down to take the helm at former President Donald Trump’s new media company.
GOP Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) officially resigns from Congress to become CEO of former President Trump’s media company. pic.twitter.com/h45SjLxIu0
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“I write to inform you that I have notified California Gov. Gavin Newsom of my resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives effective today at 11:59 p.m.,” his letter stated.
As for his time in Congress, Nunes called it an “honor” to represent the residents of his district.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered praise for the outgoing caucus member in a tweet, declaring: “Devin Nunes is an American patriot and his service in Congress will be remembered by his singular goal of the search for truth.”
“We must stop the liberal media and Big Tech”
Nunes was “proven right” at every point during his service on Capitol Hill, McCarthy concluded.
“Devin’s departure leaves a gaping hole in this institution but his dedication to our country will persist,” he said.
Fox News previously reported that Nunes had been offered the position of CEO at Trump Media & Technology Group, which was created by the former president. In a statement late last year, Trump released a statement touting the addition, calling Nunes “a fighter and a leader” who will “make an excellent CEO of TMTG.”
The ex-president went on to declare that “Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great.”
Trump’s social media platform, TRUTH Social, is being marketed as an alternative to traditional tech firms like Twitter and Facebook, both of which have faced criticism of their perceived bias against conservatives.