U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has announced his resignation from Congress to focus on campaigning against Democrat Andrew Gillum to be Florida’s next Governor.

“One of my guiding principles during my tenure in Congress has been to protect the taxpayers that I represent,” begins DeSantis’ resignation letter, first reported by POLITICO Florida and later obtained by Florida Politics. It was sent to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“As the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining session days for this Congress. Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept a salary.”

DeSantis noted his resignation would be retroactive to Sept. 1.

Before his resignation, DeSantis served the constituents of Florida’s 6th Congressional District.

That race is an open one between U.S. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg and former Green Beret Mike Waltz.

DeSantis earned the Republican gubernatorial nomination after defeating Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Aug. 28 primary.

“This is not a decision I make lightly,” DeSantis said in the letter of his decision to resign.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Florida’s 6th Congressional District, and I look forward to serving them and the rest of Florida as our state’s next Governor.”

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