WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas says he's dropping his bid for House majority leader.
Sessions was one of a handful of candidates in the running for the post being left by Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, who lost a primary election earlier this week.
“After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision to not continue my run for House majority leader," Sessions said in a statement issued Thursday night.
"Today, it became obvious to me that the measures necessary to run a successful campaign would have created unnecessary and painful division within our party. At this critical time, we must remain unified as a Republican Conference. As always, I stand ready and willing to work with our team to advance the conservative agenda that the American people demand and deserve.”
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.