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Texas Republican Just Announced He’s Quitting Too

As the GOP prepares to vote on tax reform as soon as next week, another Republican lawmaker has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) follows the wave of GOP lawmakers abandoning Congress in the Trump era. Poe became the third Texas Republican to announce their retirement this week.

Poe said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“I am grateful for the honor and privilege to represent the best people in America, Texas’s Second Congressional District,” Poe said in a statement.

Poe is known on Capitol Hill for ending every House floor speech with the same words: “And that’s just the way it is.” The Texas Republican didn’t miss the opportunity to insert his signature catchphrase in his retirement announcement.

“I will continue this work every day until I retire at the end of this term. And that’s just the way it is,” Poe said.

Poe joins two senior Texas Republicans, Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Lamar Smith, in announcing plans not to seek re-election next year.

Hensarling and Smith are both term-limited as chairmen of the House Financial Services and Science, Space and Technology committees, respectively.

Another Texas Republican, Rep. Sam Johnson, announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Earlier today, Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) announced that won’t seek reelection in 2018.

Poe would not have faced a difficult path to reelection had he chosen to run again in 2018. President Trump carried his reliably Republican Houston-area district by 10 points last year. But that didn’t stop the lawmaker from quitting his seat in the lower House.

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