House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteJuan Williams: The disgrace of Trump’s enablers GOP invoice would ban abortions when heartbeat is detected Overnight Regulation: GOP flexes energy over shopper company | Trump lets states broaden drone use | Senate panel advances controversial EPA choose | House pbades invoice to curb ‘sue-and-settle’ regs MORE (R-Va.) mentioned Thursday that he is not going to search reelection, changing into the most recent in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements.
Goodlatte, 65, is the third term-limited House committee chairman to announce his plans to go away the chamber throughout the final week.
“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 mentioned in a letter to supporters.
It’s my honor to signify #VA06. I can not start to precise how blessed I’m to have had the chance to serve. Now is the appropriate time to step apart – I cannot search re-election. My badertion: https://t.co/tByoe5vFmO
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) November 9, 2017
Two different House committee chairmen, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingTexas GOP lawmaker gained’t search reelection Retirements shine highlight on GOP time period limits for chairs House reaches deal on flood insurance coverage overhaul MORE (R-Texas), additionally introduced final week that they won’t search reelection.
Hensarling chairs the House Financial Services Committee, whereas Smith leads the Science, Space and Technology panel.
House GOP convention guidelines restrict lawmakers to solely serving as much as three two-year phrases as committee chairmen. Democrats don’t apply such limits to their members.
Two different House Republicans, Reps. Ted PoeTed Poe5 takeaways from the Virginia governor’s race Texas GOP lawmaker gained’t search reelection House pbades invoice to revoke pbadports of terror suspects MORE (R-Texas) and Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoFive takeaways from the Virginia governor’s race Iran denies visas to GOP lawmakers GOP rep: Iran wouldn’t let me go to MORE (R-N.J.), earlier this week additionally made their plans to not search reelection public.
Of the retirements introduced within the final week, solely LoBiondo’s southern New Jersey seat is predicted to be aggressive in subsequent 12 months’s midterm elections.
Goodlatte’s western Virginia district, which spans many of the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke, is predicted to stay solidly within the GOP column. President Trump gained the district by practically 25 factors in 2016.
Goodlatte’s retirement announcement got here following the election for Virginia governor on Tuesday, which Democrat Ralph Northam gained by 9 factors.
But Goodlatte, who has served since 1993, was already thought of a doable lawmaker who might decide to not search reelection whatever the Virginia election outcomes, provided that he could be term-limited as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Before changing into chairman of the Judiciary panel in 2013, he led the House Agriculture Committee from 2003 to 2007.
– This report was up to date at 11:17 a.m.