McCarthy officially resigns from Congress

The former Speaker submitted his letter of resignation to the House on Tuesday.

Speaker Emeritus Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) has officially submitted his letter of resignation to Congress. 

McCarthy’s retirement will be official on Dec. 31. 


The big picture: McCarthy submitted his official letter of resignation to the House on Tuesday, capping a career in Congress that started in 2007. 

  • He announced earlier this month that he would retire at the end of the year instead of serving out the remainder of his ninth term in the House. 
  • Last week McCarthy gave his final address from the House floor. 

His official resignation: Tuesday, House Clerk Tylease Alli read McCarthy’s letter of resignation into the Congressional Record. 

  • The letter reads as follows: “The Honorable the Speaker, House of Representatives, sir I hereby submit my resignation effective Dec. 31, 3034 as United States Representative of the 20th District of California. Attached is the letter I submitted to the Governor of California. 
  • “It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent the great people and communities of Kern, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Tulare, Fresno and Kings Counties over the past 17 years and my hometown of Bakersfield and the Central Valley of the great State of California.” 
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