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Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement after Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02) announced his decision to retire at the end of the 116th Congress:

“For two decades, Greg has served his constituents and the American people with distinction and selflessness. Whether it was his work on health care or telecommunications, Greg believed in America‚Äôs innovative spirit and worked tirelessly to help ensure we lived up to our full potential. He always put his focus on the great state of Oregon, working to make health care more affordable and accessible, helping our most underserved communities by expanding broadband access to rural communities, and defending internet freedom at every corner.

“As Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, he worked across party lines to help communities combat the national opioid epidemic and because of his work, we have seen a decrease in overdose deaths and an increase in opioid addiction treatment. His sound leadership has demonstrated a people-first priority and a genuine commitment to improving the lives of others, and he will truly leave a void within the House Republican Conference and within this institution next Congress. Judy and I wish Greg and Mylene only the best as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.”