Dennis Cardoza Resigning

Rep. Dennis Cardoza announced today that he is resigning from Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 2:01 p.m. | California Rep. Dennis Cardoza is resigning from Congress, four months ahead of his previously announced retirement.

The five-term Democrat announced the news today in an interview with the Sacramento Bee, and his resignation is effective at midnight Wednesday. His office released an official statement shortly after.

"In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year, and in light of the fact that (my wife) and I are facing increasing parenting challenges, this seemed the right time to make this move," Cardoza told the newspaper.

Cardoza's late announcement means no special election will be held to fill his vacant seat. The Bee reported that his office staff will remain to handle constituent services.

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