One of them is the fifth one just from Texas.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2020, adding his name to the growing list of Republicans in Congress looking to give up their seats.
“After much prayer over the past few days and following conversations with my wife, Gina, during that time, I have decided that my current term will be my last,” he said in a statement.
Flores, first elected in 2010, is currently serving out his fifth term representing his state’s 17th Congressional District, an area near Austin that includes Waco.
He is one of at least a dozen Republican representatives who have so far announced they will not seek reelection ― and the fifth from Texas alone. The retirements present opportunities for Democrats to flip conservative-held seats as they seek maintain their grip on the House in 2020.
And why does Flores say he is not seeking reelection?
Say it with me folks, “He wants to spend more time with his family.”
Along with Flores is a somewhat more prominent Republicans lawmaker, Jim Sensenbrenner.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) announced he will not seek reelection during an interview with Wisconsin radio host Mark Belling on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Republican, 76, was first elected to the lower chamber in 1978.
Sensenbrenner become the 13th House Republican to announce plans to retire this year as GOP incumbents adjust to life in the minority after losing the lower chamber last year.
The lawmaker’s 5th Congressional District is a Republican stronghold in Wisconsin. Sensenbrenner won reelection in 2018 by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent over his Democratic opponent.
“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time,” he said in a statement.
It is fair to say that Sensenbrenner is a huge loss for the Republicans.
As you might imagine this has only increased the GOP’s sense of dread while heading into the 2020 election cycle, and given the Democrats real hope that they will pick up a significant number of new seats in both the House and the Senate.