Just last week Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a senator from Arizona, announced he would not be seeking re-election. Today, another Republican Senator made the same announcement, reported CNN.
Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is the chairman of the House financial services committee, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.
Hensarling represents a Republican-heavy district of Dallas, so his seat will most likely not pass into Democratic hands. However, he is another young Republican who has decided not to continue in politics.
In an email sent to his supporters, Hensarling announced his decision. He did not lay blame on President Trump like Rep. Flake did. Rather, he shared that it was never his intention to make congressional service a career.
"Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned," wrote Hensarling.
Hensarling currently has a powerful role in the Republican Party. He is the chairman of the financial services committee, which means he is a “key player in the ongoing negotiations by Republicans to reform the American tax code,” explained CNN.
In his statement, he reassured his supporters that he would continue to make sure tax reform passes the house. His decision to not seek re-election, he said, would not impact his dedication.
"Much work remains at the House financial services committee in the areas of housing finance reform, regulatory relief, cybersecurity and capital formation to name just a few," he said. "Furthermore, important work remains in the Congress as a whole—especially pro-growth tax reform."
CNN also notes that Hensarling, a conservative and former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, is also a “key conduit between the GOP caucus and the White House.” This is especially true because of his relationship with Vice President Mike Pence.
Hensarling is the 21st Republican member of the House of Representatives to announce they won’t seek re-election since President Donald Trump took office this year.