One of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters on Capitol Hill announced that he would not seek re-election, adding that he may not finish out his current term.
“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 was first elected to the House in 2012 and helped found the conservative Freedom Caucus, serving as its chair from 2016 to 2019.
In his statement, Meadows touted Trump’s accomplishment over the last three years and said he plans to continue supporting the president.
“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.”
He told Politico that he saw his time in Congress as a “temporary job,” noting that he supported term limits for lawmakers.
Politico reports that Meadows’ district changed a little after a redistricting process and became “marginally less conservative,” but he felt he still had a good chance of getting re-elected.
He added that he will stay in Congress “until it’s decided that I can best serve the president and the American people in a different capacity.”
Additionally, he said that he does not have “immediate plans” to work for Trump, but said that he would like to work for the president’s re-election campaign or have a role in the administration.
“And so while there’s no immediate plans, there’s certainly discussions that have occurred and potentially could occur in the future.”
Last year, Trump reportedly briefly floated the idea of making Meadows his chief of staff while he was searching for someone to replace former Chief of Staff John Kelly, according to an Axios report.
Meadows’ decision makes him the 24th House Republican to announce that they will not seek re-election in 2020.