As 2024 filing opens, McCarthy hints at possible retirement

A potential retirement by the Speaker Emeritus could deliver a second shockwave in two years in the San Joaquin Valley, following the abrupt retirement of Rep. Devin Nunes.

Weeks after his ouster as Speaker of the House, Speaker Emeritus Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) is leaving the door open to the possibility of retiring from the House of Representatives after stating he’d run for re-election.

McCarthy made the comments in a CNN interview.


Driving the news: During the sit down with the cable network, McCarthy attacked some of his biggest detractors that led to his ouster from the Speakership – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.) and Nancy Mace (R–S.C.).

  • When discussing his future role in the House, which has drastically shifted since the election of Speaker Mike Johnson (R–La.), McCarthy was uncertain about his prospects of returning to Capitol Hill.
  • “I got the holidays. I will talk to my family about the ideas of what is going forward, and then I will make a decision,” McCarthy told CNN.
  • “Well, there’s so many ways you can do that to make sure you’re getting the job done. And I’m going to look at all options,” McCarthy added.

The big picture: Filing period for Federal, state, and local candidates in California opens on Monday and closes on Friday, Dec. 8.

  • Should McCarthy opt not to run for re-election, that period would extend to Wednesday, Dec. 13.
  • McCarthy’s Congressional district features unprecedented sprawling geography, touching half of the San Joaquin Valley – stretching from southern Kern County to eastern Tulare County across the Highway 198 corridor into Kings County and looping into the City of Clovis.
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