McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership
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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersCongress braces for high-drama lame duck The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to Paris as attorney general controversy intensifies McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership 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 CheneyCongress braces for high-drama lame duck McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership The Hill's Morning Report — Washington resets after midterms, Sessions fired 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 ScaliseScalise: Investigations into Trump by House Democrats could backfire Congress braces for high-drama lame duck On The Money: Waters will soon wield gavel in feud with White House | McHenry announces bid for Financial Services ranking member | Fed keeps rates steady in November 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 BoehnerRepublicans jockey for top GOP spot on House Foreign Affairs Committee McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership Newly empowered House Dems eyeing Trump need to learn from Gingrich debacle MORE (R-Ohio) lost a leadership race before successfully running for Speaker.

“Look at what happened to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRepublicans jockey for top GOP spot on House Foreign Affairs Committee McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership Newly empowered House Dems eyeing Trump need to learn from Gingrich debacle 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.