McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership
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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds Democrats' letter targeting Fox, Newsmax for misinformation sparks clash during hearing House panel to dive into misinformation debate 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 CheneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble GOP leaders clash over Trump presence at CPAC Six ways to visualize a divided America 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 ScaliseThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble Feehery: How Republicans can win by focusing on schools Former RNC chair to Republicans looking for new Trump party: 'There's the door' 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 BoehnerCancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz Jim Jordan: Rising power on the right? Former HHS secretary Sebelius joins marijuana industry group MORE (R-Ohio) lost a leadership race before successfully running for Speaker.

“Look at what happened to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz Jim Jordan: Rising power on the right? Former HHS secretary Sebelius joins marijuana industry group 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.