Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), one of President Trump’s most vocal allies on Capitol Hill, announced Thursday, Dec. 19, he is leaving Congress at the end of his current term.
Meadows stated he will not be seeking re-election in 2020 and that he will be moving into a new role to assist President Trump.
On Thursday morning, Meadows released a statement that was posted on Twitter.
Breaking: North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows announces he will not be running for re-election in 2020: pic.twitter.com/rxibQGWvgX
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) December 19, 2019
“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,” Meadows stated.
“This was a decision I struggled with greatly,” wrote Meadows, as he continued, “these past 8 years” he had “been so blessed to serve the people of NC-11 and help give a voice to millions of Americans who feel Washington, D.C. has forgotten them.”
Meadows, who represents part of western North Carolina, served as the chair of the House Freedom Congress. He has consistently expressed conservative values in this role and has been a key ally for President Trump in Congress.
A four-term lawmaker, Meadows stated that he has long considered Congress as a “temporary job.”
Meadows extolled the Trump administration’s achievements, “Since serving alongside President Trump, I have been a witness to historic economic prosperity, unemployment levels I only dreamed of when I took office.”
He listed the “tax and regulatory reforms that are putting the American worker first, our Israeli Embassy moved to Jerusalem, and trade deals that were once thought impossible.”
“I have seen our law enforcement and first responders receive the support they deserve and our military once again put on a path to maintain its superiority,” Meadows continued, stating that he is “so thankful to have been able to serve and give back to the great country I call home.”
Meadows thanked the people of Western North Carolina for their “trust, faith, and support.”
His announcement triggered a twitter response from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Meadows “is my best friend in Congress,” tweeted Jordan. “He fights for everything that makes our country special,” wrote Jordan, who continued, “He’ll be sorely missed in Congress by the people of North Carolina and across the nation.”
.@MarkMeadows is my best friend in Congress.
He fights for everything that makes our country special. He’ll be sorely missed in Congress by the people of North Carolina and across the nation.
God’s blessings to him and Debbie on whatever the future holds. https://t.co/qhoEctQWJu
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 19, 2019
Meadows did not specifically spell out what he would be doing after retiring from Congress.
However, in the statement, he wrote, “My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning.”
“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 stated.
“The fight to return Washington, DC to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun,” wrote Meadows in his announcement statement, perhaps, hinting at possibly working for the Trump administration.
“God’s blessings to him and Debbie on whatever the future holds,” Jordan tweeted.