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Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has made the decision to bid farewell to Congress, as she recently announced that she will not be pursuing another term.

The long-serving Washington lawmaker currently holds the position of chairwoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

According to a statement released on Thursday, Rodgers shared that her choice to depart comes after considerable contemplation and prayer.

“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.

According to Ballotpedia, Rodgers was elected to Congress in 2005, after serving in the Washington House of Representatives from 1994 to 2004.

The Daily Mail describes Rodgers as a close ally of Speaker Mike Johnson since he assumed office last year. Additionally, three other prominent Republicans are also leaving Capitol Hill. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced his retirement in October.

The other two are Patrick McHenry, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, and Kay Grange, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee. However, not all Republican departures have been due to retirement.

In December, New York Representative George Santos was expelled from Congress following federal charges against him.

Fox News reported that Santos faced multiple criminal charges as indicted by federal authorities.

The Hill highlighted a House Ethics Committee report that provided substantial evidence of criminal wrongdoing on Santos’ part, particularly related to the misuse of campaign funds.

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  • This is a good time for Republicans to retire at end of term. Due to the current state of rampant lawlessness and misrepresentation by democrats, people are VERY likely to elect more republicans to those seats!

  • The writing is on the wall. Conservatives are tired of these worthless RINO’s and they fear of being primaried out which is a very likely scenario. EVERY ONE of these “Republican’s” who are calling it quits is a blessing to conservatives. MAGA



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