Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday that she would not be seeking reelection in 2024 because “Washington, D.C. is broken,” she said in a statement.
The Arizona congresswoman also said she wants to spend more time with family.
“Spending, on average, three weeks out of every month away from my family, and traveling back and forth to Washington, D.C. almost every weekend is difficult,” Lesko said in her statement. “Right now, Washington, D.C. is broken; it is hard to get anything done.”
Lesko, 64, said she plans to continue to work “to improve Congress” and to help her constituents in Arizona’s eighth district.
Lesko’s announcement came after the House adjourned for the day after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) failed to earn enough votes to be elected as the new speaker.
Lesko assumed office in 2018 after winning a special election to fill the vacant seat left by former Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). She was voted into a full term in Nov. 2018.
Lesko founded the Protect Kids Caucus and serves as co-chair of the Women in Stem Caucus, the Values Action Team and the Congressional Western Caucus. She has been an outspoken pro-life advocate and member of the Freedom Caucus.
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