This article is from the archive of our partner National Journal

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., told the Sacramento Bee he will resign on Wednesday.

  • Cardoza, a Blue Dog Democrat, already announced last year that this would be his last term. He said family struggles were his primary reason for leaving early, along with partisan gridlock.
  • ┬áBecause Cardoza is resigning so late in the year, there will not be a special election to replace him.
  • Cardoza is one of 19 Democrats who did not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker in January 2011. Five, including Cardoza, have decided to leave the House, while another two lost Democratic primaries

This article is from the archive of our partner National Journal.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.