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‘I’m Out’: House Republican Leaving Congress Because ‘Washington Is Broken’



Re. Debbie Lesko, of Arizona.
Re. Debbie Lesko, of Arizona, announced that she won't seek reelection in 2024. (Photo: Archive)

On Tuesday, Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) declared that she won’t seek reelection in 2024, citing a broken Washington, D.C., and a desire to spend more time with family.

Lesko, 64, expressed the challenges of constant travel and the difficulty of achieving results in the current state of the capital. Despite stepping back, she affirmed her commitment to improving Congress and assisting her constituents in Arizona’s eighth district until the end of her term in January 2025.

“I want to thank all of the people who have supported me throughout the years. Please know that my office and I will continue to passionately serve our constituents and our nation until the end of my term in January 2025,” Lesko said in a statement.

This decision follows the House adjourning for the day, marked by Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) unsuccessful bid for the position of the new speaker.

Having entered office in 2018, Lesko leaves room for a new Republican candidate to likely take up her position in the upcoming election. Arizona, a pivotal swing state, will be closely watched in the 2024 election.