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U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes made it formal Monday as he officially stepped down from his Congressional seat representing California.
Taking effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, the Republican lawmaker’s resignation letter was officially read aloud on the House floor. Nunes, who has served for 10 terms as the U.S. representative for California’s 22nd congressional district since 2003, will be moving on to be the CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group.
“The honorable, the speaker, House of Representatives, madam, 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.” the resignation letter read.
“It has been the honor of my life to represent the people of California’s San Joaquin Valley for the last 19 years,” Nunes added in the letter.
GOP Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) officially resigns from Congress to become CEO of former President Trump’s media company. pic.twitter.com/h45SjLxIu0
— The Recount (@therecount) January 3, 2022
With his announced resignation, “the whole number of the House is 433,” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who was presiding during a pro forma session, remarked.
The Chair announced that in light of the resignation of the gentleman from California, Rep. Nunes, the Whole Number of the House is 433.
— Republican Cloakroom (@RepCloakroom) January 3, 2022
Nunes has been a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, voting against certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory and announcing last month that he would be taking the helm at Trump’s new media company rather than seek reelection.
“Congressman Devin Nunes is a fighter and a leader,” Trump said in a statement at the time. “He will make an excellent CEO of TMTG. Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great. America is ready for TRUTH Social and the end to censorship and political discrimination.”
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) was tapped by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to replace Nunes as the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Nunes commended Turner as “an extremely valuable fighter for House Intelligence Committee Republicans.”
“He was instrumental in the work we did to expose the Russia collusion hoax, and he was a major asset in demolishing the Democrats’ ridiculous accusations during the first impeachment of President Trump,” he added. “I have every confidence Mike will be a fearless and skillful leader for Intelligence Committee Republicans and will perform rigorous oversight over the Intelligence Community.”
Last month, Nunes had informed his constituents of his decision to retire from Congress, saying that his service was the “honor of a lifetime.”
“Recently, I was presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in. I’m writing to let you know I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021. …” Nunes wrote.
“Rest assured, I have not, by any means, given up our collective fight—I’ll just be pursuing it through other means,” he added.
NEW: Rep. Devin Nunes letter to his constituents announcing his retirement from Congress.
Of note- this email says he will retire at the end of this year, not wait until his term ends in 2022.
@JakeSherman reported his retirement first. pic.twitter.com/HgSS5yDqFh
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) December 6, 2021
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