Rep. DeSantis resigns from Congress to focus on run for Governor

Rep. DeSantis resigns from Congress to focus on run for Governor 

Posted: 11:53 am Monday, September 10th, 2018

By Jamie Dupree

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is resigning from the U.S. Congress in order to fully focus on his race for Governor in Florida, as the GOP lawmaker sent a resignation letter on Monday to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The decision to resign comes after DeSantis missed all fourteen votes on the U.S. House floor last week, as lawmakers returned to work following an extended summer break, and in the wake of the primary win by DeSantis, as he now faces Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in November.

As the Republican nominee for Governor, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining session days for this Congress,” DeSantis wrote.

“Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept a salary,” as DeSantis added, “I officially resign from the House of Representatives effective immediately.”

Tweeting out that resignation letter, DeSantis said, “It has been an honor to serve the people of Florida’s Sixth Congressional District.”

Most lawmakers stay on in the Congress while running for another office like Governor – for example in 2018, there are five other members of the House who are running for Governor in November – all of them have stayed in the House.

New Mexico’s race for Governor actually features two members of the U.S. House – Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (R-AZ).

Also running for Governor from the House: Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), who hosted a visit by President Donald Trump last week, and two Democrats, Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).

Pearce, Grisham, and Polis made all 14 votes in the House last week; Noem missed two days of votes, while Walz was like DeSantis, absent for the entire week.

Back in 2002, Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK) resigned his seat to focus entirely on a run for Governor, but ended up losing the race.

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