Republican Rep. Ken Buck announces he’s leaving office ‘at the end of next week’

Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, who announced last year that he would not seek re-election, has now announced that he plans to leave office at the end of next week.

“Today, I am announcing that I will depart Congress at the end of next week. I look forward to staying involved in our political process, as well as spending more time in Colorado and with my family,” the lawmaker said in a statement.

Buck, whose resignation will be effective at the end of Friday, March 22, will depart from Congress around nine months before the end of his term.

Last year, Buck was one of the eight House Republicans who voted to oust then-Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the House speakership. McCarthy, a Republican from California, ultimately chose to depart from Congress before the end of term.

This year, Buck was one of the three House Republicans who voted against impeaching Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas.

“This place just keeps going downhill,” Buck said, adding that he does not need to spend his time there.

Buck has represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District since early 2015.

GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert, who currently represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, announced last year that she would run to represent the state’s 4th Congresssional District. Former President Donald Trump has backed Boebert’s bid, declaring earlier this month in a post on Truth Social that the congresswoman “has my Complete and Total Endorsement for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District!”

“It’s my honor to have the endorsement of the greatest President our country has ever known – Donald J. Trump,” Boebert tweeted.

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