High-profile House Republican says she won't be seeking reelection

 February 9, 2024

Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has decided to say goodbye to Congress, with the longtime Washington lawmaker announcing this week that she will not seek another term. 

Rodgers currently serves as chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and according to the Daily Mail, she revealed her decision in a statement released on Thursday.

Rodgers' decision to leaves comes "after much prayer and reflection"

"It's been the honor and privilege of my life to serve the people of eastern Washington in Congress. They inspire me every day," Rodgers wrote.

"They are part of the strength and soul of America--the greatest experiment in self-governance the world has ever seen," she continued.

"After much prayer and reflection, I have decided the time has come to serve them in new ways," the veteran legislator continued.

"I pray that God’s purpose over my life will be more deeply rooted in my heart and in gratitude for the remarkable colleagues and people He has brought into my life," the chairwoman went on to stress.

Three other high-profile Democrats are also leaving Capitol Hill

Ballotpedia states that Rodgers was first elected to Congress in 2005. Prior to that, she served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1994 to 2004.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail described Rodgers as being "a close ally of Speaker Mike Johnson" since he took up the gavel late last year.

What's more, the paper pointed out that Rodgers' departure is far from unique, as three other high-profile Republicans are also not returning.

One of them is former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who declared this past October that he was retiring. The others are House Financial Services Committee Patrick McHenry and House Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Grange.

Rep. George Santos expelled following slew of federal criminal charges

Not all of the Republican departures have been due to retirement, however, as in December Congress voted to expel New York Republican Rep. George Santos.

As Fox News reported, Santo's expulsion came after federal authorities indicted the freshman lawmaker on multiple criminal charges.

The Hill noted that a House Ethics Committee report found "substantial evidence" of criminal wrongdoing, with much of it tied to misuse of campaign funds.

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