Six GOP Congressmen From Texas Are Not Seeking Re-Election
Another Republican congressman from Texas has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020, according to the Texas Tribune, bringing the total number of retiring GOP representatives from the state to six.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, announced on Monday that he will step down from his post after this term, saying in a statement, "It has been a great honor for me to represent the people of the 13th District of Texas for the last 25 years.”
“We are reminded, however, that 'for everything there is a season,'” he continued. “And I believe that the time has come for a change. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for reelection in the 2020 election."
“With over a year to go, I will continue to represent the people of the 13th District to the best of my ability, " Thornberry said in his statement. "Our nation faces many difficult challenges, and none of us can relax our efforts to meet and overcome them, whether at home or around the world."
Thornberry joins Reps. Kenny Marchant, Pete Olson, Mike Conaway, Will Hurd and Bill Flores in declining to run for re-election next year, though the Tribune noted that his retirement was expected by many.
President Donald Trump appears to have done a number on the Republican Party in terms of GOP exits from Congress: nearly 40 percent of Republican lawmakers have either left or plan to do so, including those who have retired as well as those who have lost re-election, since Trump entered the White House.