Another GOP Lawmaker Calls It Quits, Making Him The 22nd To Do So In The Past Year
Since Republicans lost control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, many Republican lawmakers have been announcing their retirement prior to this year’s coming elections. That number rose to 22 on Friday when Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), who has served in Congress since 2008, announced that he will not seek reelection.
According to local news station WCYB, Roe won’t seek reelection despite being in a deep-red seat in which he won his reelection campaign in 2018 by well over 50 points.
“As someone who practiced medicine for over 30 years, I said I would serve five or six terms because I never intended this job to be a second career,” Roe said in a statement. “After prayerful consideration, I have decided to retire at the end of the 116th Congress.”
Roll Call has predicted that Roe won’t be the last Republican to retire during the Trump era.
“Early in 2019, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put out a ‘retirement watch’ list of 23 Republicans, most in districts the DCCC sees as potential pickup opportunities,” the publication notes. “So far, two of those lawmakers resigned and six announced their retirements.”