California Congressman Devin Nunes is leaving office at the end of the year.
The Republican announced Monday that he is retiring from the House of Representatives and is set to become the CEO of former President Donald Trump's new media company. The former president confirmed the news, stating that Nunes will make an "excellent CEO" of Trump Media and Technology Group. Nunes has served in Congress since 2003 and represents California's 22nd District. Nunes, who was first elected to Congress in 2002 at age 30, was reelected last year for a 10th term, which ends in January 2023. A news release Monday said Nunes would be joining the Trump Media & Technology Group as its CEO starting in January, cutting short his congressional term by about a year.
By leaving Congress before his term ends, Nunes will set up an early 2022 special election for his seat. According to state election law, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) must call a special election within 14 days of Nunes leaving office, and a primary must be held 18 to 20 weeks later. The top two vote-getters in the primary would head to a general election, meaning that the Nunes seat could be vacant until midsummer.