McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership
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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersThe GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House McCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers MORE (R-Wash.) will not seek another term in leadership following the loss of the GOP majority in the House.

McMorris Rodgers will instead focus on seeking a ranking member position on one of the subpanels for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a source close to her decision said.

The fourth-ranking House Republican would have faced a difficult challenge in retaining her position.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAmash storm hits Capitol Hill The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House GOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition MORE (R-Wyo.), who has the backing of top Republicans in the House, announced a challenge to McMorris Rodgers's post earlier this week.

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”Members have been frustrated for a long time with the tired messaging coming out of conference and the election made it even clearer that a new direction is needed,” one senior GOP aide told The Hill. "She would not have beat Liz.”

Aides said McMorris Rodgers did not plan to challenge House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Trump hits Amash after congressman doubles down on impeachment talk Trump encouraged Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana: report MORE (R-La.) for minority whip.

Another aide said people shouldn't rule out a comeback to leadership for McMorris Rodgers down the road.

The aide noted that McMorris won her own competitive House race by double digits, and that former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Crowley, Daschle named to international cannabis board Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash MORE (R-Ohio) lost a leadership race before successfully running for Speaker.

“Look at what happened to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Crowley, Daschle named to international cannabis board Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash MORE — and he even lost a leadership election," a GOP aide told The Hill. "Anyone saying her time in the leadership arena is over is short-sighted.”

Over the course of the 2018 cycle, McMorris Rodgers raised $17 million, distributing $2.1 million to the House GOP's campaign arm and $9 million to other members and candidates.