Rep. Mark Meadows to retire at end of term in 2020

Outspoken Trump loyalist Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) just dropped a major bombshell on the GOP. Just hours after the House impeachment vote, Meadows abruptly announced that he’s planning to quit Congress in 2020. 

Meadows has only held his seat since 2013 but has made waves in the House as one of the most conservative Congressmen in the Republican party. He also is one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus.

The North Carolina Representative issued a statement Thursday explaining that “For everything there is a season. After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term. This was a decision I struggled with greatly.”

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He described his stint in congress as a “temporary job,” but said that “the fight to return Washington, DC to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun.”

Meadows is characterized as one of Trump’s closest allies in the House, and said in his statement that “This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come.”

Meadows did not disclose what his plans are after leaving the House, but Politico reported in November that Meadows was a constant fixture in the White House and insiders said at the time that “he has considered leaving his perch in the House Freedom Caucus to become chief of staff or to pursue other opportunities in the administration.”

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