33rd Republican Lawmaker Set To Leave House In 2018

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, will retire this year.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, will retire this year. Frelinghuysen becomes the 33rd Republican lawmaker to leave the House of Representatives in 2018.

With his exit, Frelinghuysen becomes the 33rd Republican member of the House to not seek reelection after this current term. (Some of those individuals are outright retiring while others will vacate their seats to run for higher office). A number of the retirements have also been in either swing districts or districts that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Frelinghuysen is the eighth Republican Committee Chairman to announce his retirement this year.

[Prior to Frelinghuysen's announcement], Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) [was] the most high-profile retirement before him. Royce, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that he would not seek reelection earlier this month. Clinton won his district by nine points. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a former chair for the House Oversight Committee, is relinquishing his seat in a district Clinton won by eight points.

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