Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Virginia representative, just made an announcement. He is joining several other high-profile Republicans that have recently announced that they will not be returning to their political offices.
Goodlatte (R-Va.), who served nearly 25 years in the House of Representatives, made the announcement on Thursday. He said that he will not be seeking reelection.
The 65-year-old made the announcement public via Twitter. He said that with his time as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, it seems like a natural time to leave office.
Goodlatte wrote a long letter to his constituents, explaining the decision.
He said, "After much contemplation and prayer, we decided it was the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the Sixth District. I will not seek re-election. With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters."
Goodlatte also explained that there is still a lot that he wants to accomplish in the political realm. Some of the things he listed include: "bolstering enforcement of our immigration laws and reforming the legal immigration system, simplifying the tax code in order to stimulate job growth and benefit families in the Sixth District, enacting criminal justice reform, repealing Obamacare, advancing protections of the freedoms and liberties enshrined in our Constitution, and, of course, continuing first-class constituent service for the citizens of the Sixth District."
This announcement follows two other House committee chairmen's similar statements. Last week, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) both announced that they will not be seeking reelection. They served as the chairs for the Science, Space and Technology panel and the House Financial Services Committee, respectively.
Other Republicans that announced they will not be seeking reelection are Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.).
According to The Hill, Goodlatte's western Virginia district is expected to remain in the GOP column. President Trump won that particular district by nearly 25 points.
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