U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, one of the top House Republicans, announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from Congress after his term finishes next year.
Walker’s announcement comes after a court ruling on his gerrymandered district turned it from highly Republican to lean Democratic.
Walker has had a very controversial background. He has been known for supporting sexist and anti-LGBTQ laws. He supported North Carolina’s devastating and discriminatory HB2 law and voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. He also called women “eye candy” in a 2017 press conference.
Walker was also one of 50 Lawmakers to sign onto an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to rule that discriminating against LGBTQ people is legal.
The brief was so extreme it suggested LGBTQ people do not exist, but rather are choosing “actions, behaviors, or inclinations,” which is false.
During his retirement announcement, Walker claimed that he isn’t stepping out for long and wants to run for Senate in the near future.
“As I have always sought to have serving people supersede our ambition, I will dedicate my full heart and efforts to finishing my term in Congress. After we have secured more conservative policy and Republican electoral victories for North Carolina, we will take a look at the 2022 Senate race, and we are thankful to have President Trump’s support.”