The List – Republicans Who Are Not Returning To Congress

So far there is 32 Republicans who will not be returning to Congress after the mid-term elections later this year. Here’s the list:

Dave Trott

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Trott 56, of Birmingham will retire from Congress at the end of his second term. He was first elected to serve the 11th Congressional District in 2014 and won reelection in 2016

Ted Poe

Ted Poe 69, (R-Texas) Seven term Rep.former prosecutor and judge, won reelection in 2016 in the solidly conservative 2nd Congressional District by nearly 30 points, said he was ready to move on.

Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy, House Oversight Committee Chairman a former federal prosecutor, issued a statement saying he planned to retire from Congress at the end of this term and would return to working in the justice system.

Kristi Noem

Kristi Noem 46, Instead of seeking re-election in 2018, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., announced in November 2016 that she will run for governor instead.

Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce, A former Air Force pilot who turns 70 in August. He won his initial bid for Congress in 2002. He served three terms before running unsuccessfully in 2008 for Senate. He recently kicked off his campaign for governor of New Mexico

Joe Barton

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Barton 68, Texas’ most-senior member of Congress, he won’t seek re-election after a nude photo of him circulated online. He was first elected to Congress in 1984.

Tim Murphy

Murphy, 65, has served in Congress since 2003. He stepped  down Oct. 21 in the wake of reports he urged his mistress to get an abortion.

Jeff Flake

Flake will not run for re-election in 2018, Flake said that he doesn’t plan on seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2020.

Bob Corker

Corker is the Senate’s foreign relations committee chairman, he first joined the Senate in 2007. his statement, “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,”

Lamar Smith

Smith, a San Antonio native, received his undergraduate degree from Yale and attended law school at Southern Methodist University. He was elected to Congress in 1987. He is the current chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Smith has served as a committee chairman two other times: on the Ethics Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

Trent Franks

Franks said he will leave his seat on Jan. 31, 2018 following complaints from two of his employees with whom he discussed the subject of becoming a surrogate for him and his wife, who he said had difficulty with fertility. Franks is currently serving his eighth term in Congress — he was first elected in 2002. The congressman serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee and is also a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz of Utah, resigned from Congress at the end of June 2017. He later signed with Fox as a contributor

Dave Reichert

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) 67,  a seven-term moderate from Seattle’s suburbs. An Air Force veteran, he spent 30 years in the King County sheriff’s department, becoming sheriff himself in 1997. He will leave congress at the end of 2018

Patrick Meehan

Meehan will not run for reelection in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district. This came after he allegedly used taxpayer money to fund a settlement to a former aide who claimed he sexually harassed her.

Luther Strange

Strange was appointed to Jeff Sessions’ old Senate after he was picked to be the attorney general. He lost in the special primary election earlier in 2017 to Roy Moore.  In his farewell speech Strange encouraged his fellow lawmakers to remain committed to bipartisanship.

Darrell Issa

Issa, the former chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, from a San Diego district he will not seek re-election later this year, though would finish his ninth term in Congress.

Lynn Jenkins

Jenkins said that she won’t run for reelection to the House next year or for any other office. She wants to return to the private sector at the conclusion of her current term in the House.

Bob Goodlatte

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. retiring from office. Goodlatte currently chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He has represented the Virginia’s 6th Congressional District since 1993

Ed Royce

Royce will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, was first elected in 1992 and has been easily re-elected since.

Jimmy Duncan

Congressman John J. “Jimmy” Duncan announced he would not be seeking re-electio.  Duncan currently serves as the representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 1988 as a member of the Republican Party.

Bill Shuster

Shuster who leads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will not seek re election this year. He said, “I thought it was the best decision for me to focus 100 percent on my final year as the chairman of the Transportation Committee, working with the president and other Democrats and Republicans to pass an infrastructure bill, which is much needed to rebuild America,”

Gregg Harper

Harper, a Republican, has served Mississippi’s third congressional district since 2009. Before being elected to Congress in 2008, Harper, an attorney, served as a prosecutor in Brandon and Richland. He was also chairman of the Rankin County Republican Party from 2000-2007.

Orrin Hatch

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving GOP senator, announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.  Hatch, 83, who first took his seat in 1977

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the dean of the Florida legislative delegation and the first Cuban American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term. Ros-Lehtinen, 64, was elected last November to Florida’s redrawn 27th district, a stretch of Southeast Miami-Dade County. But she said the prospect of another two or four or more years in Congress just didn’t appeal to her anymore.

Pat Tiberi

Tiberi, 16 years representing his central Ohio congressional district. he would not be seeking re-election. Instead, he’ll serve as president of the Ohio Business Roundtable. His tenure in the Ohio Statehouse, his time in the U.S. Congress and his position on the House Committee on Ways and Means, have given him a deep insight into the needs of Ohio businesses and the legislative and regulatory matters.

Frank Lobiando

Lobiando 70, represents southern New Jersey, and is chairman of the House Transportation aviation subcommittee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence subcommittee on the CIA. He plans to retire at the end of his current term in January 2019

Charlie Dent

Dent 57, seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives and six in the state Senate. Dent is a co-chairman of the Tuesday Group, a caucus of several dozen House Republican moderates that has positioned itself as the “governing wing” of the GOP

Raul Labrador

He will not be seeking re election, he will run for governor of Idaho in 2018. Labrador is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus

Sam Johnson

Johnson will not seek re-election to serve the Third District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Johnson, a Vietnam War veteran, A fighter pilot, Johnson flew combat missions in Korea and Vietnam, and he was an instructor at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School.Johnson was a founder of what would become known as the Republican Study Committee, currently, the largest voting bloc of House Republicans. 

Jeb Hensarling

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he will not seek re-election in 2018. Hensarling served as the finance chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2010. The Texan went on to serve as House Republican Conference Chairman, before becoming Financial Services chairman.

Blake Farenthold

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) will retire from Congress after sexual harassment allegations emerged. Farenthold announced his decision not to run for re-election in 2018, but to serve out the remaining year of his term

Rodney Frelinghuysen

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., said he would not seek re-election in November. Frelinghuysen, who became chair of the House Appropriations Committee last year, didn’t cite a specific reason for retiring, but encouraged younger people to give public service a try.












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