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Mike Pence Resigns from House GOP Leadership

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., speaks to people gathered at the Capitol for a "Remember in November" rally to express opposition to government spending, particularly bailouts and economic policies backed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress, in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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From an Associated Press report:

A top House Republican who may be considering a bid for the White House is stepping down from the House GOP leadership team.

Indiana Republican Mike Pence says he's considering new opportunities to serve his state and the nation and might not be able to pledge to serve a whole term as GOP conference chair.

Pence is a darling of social conservatives and has made political trips to states such as Iowa that host early GOP presidential contests. He is also strongly in favor of tax cuts and a streamlined federal government.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas said he would seek the post.