House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer will not run for elected leadership in the next Congress, following Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she is stepping down as speaker.
In a letter sent Thursday to all Democrats, Hoyer wrote, “However, I believe it is time to continue my service in a different role. Therefore, I have decided not to seek elected leadership in the 118th Congress.”
He says he will continue his work on the Appropriations Committee, “including my focus on investing in education, health care and America’s productive capacity to create more jobs and opportunities for our people.”
Hoyer has worked with Pelosi for decades — spending 36 years as the Democratic leader.
“I have been honored to work with Nancy Pelosi and her tenure as Speaker has been historic and extraordinary,” Hoyer said in the letter.
Hoyer referenced Pelosi’s floor comments as he further explained his decision, telling reporters he believed there were “better alternatives.”
“You know what Nancy said there’s a time and a season? I think it’s a time and a season. I think we have better alternatives,” he said.
CNN’s Morgan Rimmer contributed to this report
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