[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/05/art.putnam1105.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Adam Putnam, flanked in this file photo by Rep. John Boehner on the left and Rep. Roy Blunt on the right, has said he is leaving his congressional leadership position."]
(CNN) – Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the Chairman of the Republican House Conference, will not seek to retain his GOP leadership post in the next Congress.
“I believe it is time to step off the leadership ladder and return my focus to crafting public policy solutions for America’s generational challenges,“ wrote in a letter to his fellow House Republicans on Election Night. “With the issues before us today come bipartisan opportunities and partisan differences. My current role obligates me to the latter and too often excludes me from the former,” the 34-year-old congressman added.
House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are looking to hold onto their leadership positions.
In addition to Sen. Barack Obama’s historic win in the White House race, Democrats netted a total of 17 additional seats in the House of Representatives and five new seats in the Senate. CNN has not projected a winner yet in four outstanding Senate races. Should Democrats prevail in all four of those contests, they would have the 60-seat majority that would overcome Republican attempts to filibuster in the Senate.
–CNN Congressional Producer Deidre Walsh contributed to this report.