Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced this evening that he will resign from Congress at the end of the month to become the CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group.
Nunes has served in Congress since 2003. He is a staunch ally of the former president. Most recently, he served as the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.
President Trump’s social media startup and planned video streaming service has raised $1 billion so far from investors.
In a press release, the company confirmed that Nunes would be joining the organization.
“The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship,” the statement quoted Nunes as saying. “The United States of America made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream.”
California is in the process of redrawing its congressional districts after the Golden State lost a seat after the 2020 U.S. Census. As Nunes’ hometown paper the Fresno Bee noted, the congressman would face an uphill battle in a general election unless he were to decide to run in a district that isn’t the one he currently represents.
Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report explained that if the current proposed map is adopted, Nunes’ 22nd congressional district would become an area that voted for Joe Biden by nine points, as opposed to having voted for Trump by five in the last election.
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