Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis resigned from Congress Monday saying the race for governor will consume his time over the next two months and keep him from his duties in Washington.
“As the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining session days for this Congress,” he wrote in his letter to Speaker Paul Ryan. “Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept a salary.”
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Florida’s Sixth Congressional District,” DeSantis posted on his Twitter account.
It has been an honor to serve the people of Florida's Sixth Congressional District. pic.twitter.com/j0SgILImyP
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) September 10, 2018
DeSantis has served in the U.S. House since 2013. During his tenure he has kept to an ideology of saving taxpayers money by rejecting some of the benefits received by members of Congress. He declined his pension and health care plan shortly after he was first sworn into office.
The House is scheduled to be in session for 15 legislative days before the November general election. Lawmakers may leave earlier than expected if Congress is able to fund the government ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline to prevent a shutdown.
DeSantis is known as a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. Trump announced his endorsement of DeSantis in June that seemingly flip-flopped the race for the Republican nomination and thrust DeSantis into the front-runner status. DeSantis would go on to easily defeat state Agriculture Adam Putnam by 20 percentage points.
In the two weeks since the primary, DeSantis has found himself in an already contentious race with his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum.
The resignation is retroactive and is effective Sept. 1, his campaign said.
The seat will most likely will remain vacant until January. DeSantis would have had to leave in January since he is a candidate for governor.
Republican Michael Waltz and Democrat Nancy Soderberg are running to replace DeSantis in Florida’s 6th Congressional District.