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Pence steps down as GOP conference chair

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), now the No. 3 GOP leader, has announced he will resign from leadership so that he can consider larger ambitions, with most GOP insiders seeing either a run for president or governor in 2012.

Pence says that with his goals as conference chairman accomplished with Tuesday's Republican gains of a House majority, it's time for him and his family to consider the future and new opportunities.

"After two consecutive losses for our party, the Republican Leader asked me to help lead House Republicans back to the majority, and I felt it was my duty to do so," Pence writes in a letter to colleagues. "I have always believed people should keep their promises and complete the assignments they have been given. As you recalled, that's why I declined offers to run for the U.S. Senate in the middle of my term as Chairman.

"Now that we have restored a Republican majority to the House of Representatives and I have fulfilled my commitment to the Republican Conference, my family and I have begun to look to the future."

Read the full letter here.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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