Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced this morning that he will be resigning from congress in order to become chief executive of former President Donald Trump’s upcoming social media company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), in January. It is reported Nunes has no apparent prior experience either in the tech world or as an executive for a company.
Nunes’ resignation will be the second to occur this year before the end of a representative’s term. If the GOP remains in control of the House during the 2022 midterms, Nunes would have been in line to become chairman of the Ways & Means Committee. In his press release with TMTG, Nunes said he is “humbled and honored President Trump has asked me to lead the mission and the world class team that will deliver on this promise.”
The House member has represented California’s 22nd Congressional district in San Joaquin Valley since 2003. However, recent reports from Draft California determined redistricting maps show Nunes may have had a tougher time facing reelection next year, which could have lent a hand in making the decision to join Trump’s media team. However, Nunes has been a hard and true defender of Trump since the beginning. He defended Trump during the probe into Russia’s influence during the election, Trump’s first impeachment, and claims the 2020 election was rigged. Nunes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump just 2 days before the Jan. 6th invasion on the Capitol.
In California, Democrats celebrated Nunes’ resignation saying, “Devin Nunes has long been an embarrassment to California. It’s only fitting that he now leaves Congress to debase himself even further to Donald Trump.” Governor Gavin Newsom is set to call a special election to fill the remainder of Nunes’ term.