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Devin Nunes Resigns Congressional Seat, Leaving District’s Future in Doubt

Devin Nunes Resigns Congressional Seat, Leaving District’s Future in Doubt

Congressman Devin Nunes (R – CA 22nd District) has resigned from his Congressional seat, in order to take a position at the helm of Trump Media & Technology Group.

Nunes’ decision to resign in the middle of his term was highly unorthodox, and leaves California Republicans in a difficult position at a time when the state’s electoral map already looks bleak for the GOP.

Having served in the House of Representatives for nearly two decades, Nunes was widely considered a distinguished congressman. He chaired the House Intelligence Committee for four years, from 2015 to 2019, and remained the ranking member after Democrats regained a House majority.

However, the future of Nunes’ seat was unclear from redistricting. Although California’s 22nd District was reliably Republican for much of Nunes’ tenure, the state redistricting commission recently redrew its boundaries, eliminating some conservative areas and adding liberal ones.

This would have given Nunes an uphill fight in the 2022 elections – and is sure to give the eventual Republican candidate for the district, lacking Nunes’ incumbency advantage and credentials, an even more difficult fight.

Following Nunes’ resignation, a special election will occur to determine who will replace him for the remainder of his term.

Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) was founded earlier this year by former president Donald Trump, with the intent of providing a conservative alternative to mainstream social media. In a statement by TMTG, Nunes said that he aims to “reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship,” and that he is “humbled and honored President Trump has asked me to lead the mission.”

Although Nunes has been a longtime critic of large social media companies such as Twitter, he has no prior experience working in the social media or technology industries.

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