After an expensive election that turned personal for each candidate, West assured reporters Tuesday that he’s holding up fine.

“It’s not like my life ends, and my life of service to this country doesn’t,” he said.

West first ran for Congress in 2008 in the Broward-Palm Beach seat he currently fills, but lost to then-U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, a Democrat. West bounced back behind Tea Party support in 2010 to upend the District 22 incumbent. As for plans to run for office, West said he hasn’t decided.

“That’s not for now. Now is to show appreciation for all these folks that did so much,” West said. “That’s between my wife and I and God as far as where we’re going to go. Folks have to understand that God orders your steps, not man, and better doors are going to open.”