Republican Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) says he will not seek reelection once his term is up. He is joining two dozen other Republicans who will retire in 2020.
In a statement Roe said, “Serving East Tennesseans these past 11 years has been the honor of my life, and I will be forever grateful for the trust my friends and neighbors put in me to represent them. As someone who practiced medicine for over 30 years, I said I would serve five or six terms because I never intended this job to be a second career.”
The wave of Republican retirees is coming at a bad time. Retaking the House is a critical objective for the Republican party and it won’t be easy.
While momentum is on their side, all these retiring Republicans will need replacements.
Roe will be less damaging as a retiree. His district was won handily by President Trump in 2016 and it will be easy to elect another Republican.
Democrats are reeling from the damage of the past few months. President Trump is looking strong in his reelection efforts. Now all that Republicans have to do is rally and take the House.
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