Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)) announced Thursday that he will not be seeking reelection following the end of his term in Congress.

“This was a decision I struggled with greatly. These last 8 years, I have been so blessed to serve the people of NC-11 and help give a voice to millions of Americans who feel Washington, D.C. has forgotten them,” he said in a statement.

During a contentious debate Wednesday, Meadows defended President Donald Trump as the House was readying to vote for his impeachment.

“Today will be remembered as the day your House Democrat majority voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a crime they couldn’t find and a case they couldn’t prove,” Meadows wrote on Twitter Wednesday, “You won’t forget. And neither will we.”

The House Freedom Caucus co-founder has long stood by President Trump and he said in his statement that he will continue to do so.

“My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning. This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come. I’ve always said Congress is a temporary job, but the fight to return Washington, D.C. to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun,” he said.