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BREAKING: House Judiciary Chairman Just Announced He’s Quitting Congress

Joining the wave of lawmakers who are abandoning the Republican sinking ship, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that he will not seek re-election.

“With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters,” Goodlatte said in a letter to supporters.

Goodlatte’s announcement is the latest in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements, and the third House committee chairman to announce his plans to leave the chamber within the past week.

Two other House committee chairmen, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), also announced last week that they will not seek reelection.

Two other House Republicans, Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), earlier this week, also made their plans not to seek reelection public.

Likewise, Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) announced last month that he will leave Congress by the end of January.

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