Report: Rep. George Holding Becomes 24th House Republican To Retire
A total of 24 House Republicans have now announced they will not seek re-election in 2020, according to The Hill. Rep. George Holding (R-NC) made his announcement on Friday, after a court-ordered redistricting in his state made his re-election chances less certain.
“It has also been gratifying to work for the ideals and values that I, like many other Americans, believe in. And so it is with regret that I announce I will not be a candidate for Congress this election," Holding, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.
The lawmaker acknowledged that the redistricting order had an influence on the timing of his retirement:
“I should add, candidly, that, yes, the newly redrawn Congressional Districts were part of the reason I have decided not to seek reelection,” but he added that “in addition, this is also a good time for me to step back and reflect on all that I have learned.”
Holding’s district was one of two in North Carolina that turned blue after the redistricting lines were drawn, The Hill noted.