"I can continue to be a leader of the conservative cause," he said. "I can do more to grow the Republican majority, rather than spend the next eight months locked down in running a campaign."
He said working to get that Republican majority, especially in the House, and creating what he contends is a "permanent majority" are his proudest accomplishments.
"We have put together the largest political coalition in my lifetime," said DeLay. "We have had an effect on the culture of Washington, D.C."