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Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican who represents Colorado’s reliably red 4th Congressional District, said Tuesday he will resign before his term is up, further narrowing the GOP’s majority in the chamber.
Buck had previously announced he would not seek reelection at the end of his term, which ends in November.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Colorado’s 4th District in Congress for the past 9 years.
Today, I am announcing that I will depart Congress at the end of next week.
Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, speaks to the media following a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority leader, said he’s “curious to see why he’s leaving so early.”
The Louisiana Republican said that his strategy to unite his conference will remain the same, despite the narrower majority.
Jared Polis said the race to fill Buck’s seat would be held on June 25, coinciding with the state’s primary elections for House races.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican who represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, previously said she is leaving her district to run for Buck’s seat in November’s election.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether she would seek Buck’s seat in the special election.

Rep. Republican representative for Colorado’s consistently red 4th Congressional District, Ken Buck, announced on Tuesday that he would step down prior to the end of his term, significantly reducing the GOP’s majority in the house.

Prior to his term expiring in November, Buck made it known that he would not run for office again. However, he made the announcement on Tuesday that his resignation will take effect on March 22 and provided a brief statement explaining his choice.

“For the past nine years, it has been an honor to represent the people of Colorado’s 4th District in Congress. I would like to express my gratitude for all of their help and inspiration over the years. I am announcing today that I will be leaving Congress at the end of the following week. In addition to continuing to be active in politics, he expressed his desire to spend more time with his family and in Colorado.

Speaking to reporters at the Capitol later in the day, the five-term congressman gave his resignation as a result of growing political polarization and dysfunction in Congress. He referred to the ongoing impeachment investigation of President Biden as well as the House’s vote to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas from office.

Rep. After a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Colorado Republican Ken Buck addresses the media. Getty Images via Al Drago/Bloomberg.

He stated, “I made it plain and simple that I don’t think that the impeachment of Biden is appropriate and I voted against the impeachment of Mayorkas.”. Therefore, there’s no way that House Speaker Mike Johnson will be able to persuade me to stay in this house any more than he will be able to persuade me to impeach someone illegally. “.

It’s the worst year of my nine years and three months in Congress, Buck said during an earlier CNN appearance, detailing his difficult recent experience in the legislature. “.

Republicans already held a tenuous majority in the lower house, but with his decision to resign, they now only hold two seats. Buck’s abrupt announcement appeared to take Capitol Hill House leaders by surprise. Rep. The House majority leader, Louisiana’s Steve Scalise, expressed his curiosity as to why he is departing so soon. “.”.

Speaking first, Johnson expressed his eagerness to discuss Buck’s departure with him. Despite the smaller majority, the Louisiana Republican stated that his conference-wide unifying plan will not change.

“Create agreement, and maintain unity inside the coalition. We can accomplish that, I’m sure of it,” he told reporters. Everyone knows, I believe, how important cooperation is and how much is at stake. Sometimes we have to let go of our preferences, but we won’t compromise our moral values in order to complete the task at hand. “.

A special election is required by the Constitution to fill a vacancy in the House. Afterwards on Tuesday, Colorado Gov. The contest to replace Buck’s seat, according to Jared Polis, will take place on June 25, which also happens to be the day of the state’s House primary elections.

Rep. Representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Lauren Boebert, has declared that she will be leaving her seat to seek Buck’s seat in November’s election. Her intention to run for Buck’s seat in the special election was not immediately apparent.

The majority of Colorado’s rural eastern half as well as the densely populated Douglas County in the southern portion of the Denver metro area are included in the 4th Congressional District of Colorado. The northern Colorado city of Loveland is also a part of it. Since 1973, the district has not had a Democratic representative, with the exception of Democrat Betsy Markey, who held office from 2009 to 2011.

Reporting was contributed by Nikole Killion and Jaala Brown.

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