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Another Day, Another Republican Will Retire From Congress

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Yesterday, Republican Congressman Pete Olson (TX CD-22) announced his retirement to spend more time with his family and today it is Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL CD-2) who announced she will not run for re-election in 2020. Roby apparently gave no particular reason to retire though she is only 43 years old.…

Earlier this week, Paul Mitchell another Republican  (MI CD-10) announced he will not be a candidate in 2020 because Washington is too political and he wants to spend more time with his family.

On July 12, Susan Brooks (IN CD-5) sent a letter to her constituents.…

 Brooks, 58, said she is ready to “slow down” and spend more time with her family. She also said she is a believer in term limits.

In a op-ed piece published July 4, Congressman Justin Amash (MI CD-3) announced he was no longer a Republican, and is now an Independent. It is unclear if he intend to seek re-election though it will not be as a Republican.

2020 Open Republican Seats with Cook Ratings
Alabama CD-1 Byrne Running for Senate Safe R
Alabama CD-2 Roby Retiring Safe R
Georgia CD-7 Woodall Retiring Tossup
Indiana CD-5 Brooks Retiring Lean R
Michigan CD-10 Mitchell Retiring Safe R
Montana All Gianforte Running for Gov. Likely R
Texas CD-22 Olson Retiring Tossup
Utah  CD-1 Bishop Retiring Safe R

In addition, there are currently two open Republican seats where there will be special elections in 2019. On September 10, North Carolina will hold a special election in CD-3 to fill the vacancy caused by Walter Jones’ death. Also on September 10, there will be a do-over election in NC CD-9.  The election in 2018 was declared invalid because of Republican cheating.

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