Sep 11, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Dave Trott becomes latest House Republican to announce retirement

Republican David Trott with his family as he gave his election night victory speech in Troy, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP

Michigan Rep. Dave Trott, a Republican, said Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2018, per The Detroit News. The 56-year-old lawyer, who's wrapping up his second term, follows several other House Republicans who announced their plans to retire, including Charlie Dent (PA), Dave Reichert (WA), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL).

Meanwhile, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) are also reportedly weighing re-election. Upton, who's served in the House since 1987, is considering running for the Senate or other opportunities, while Corker said in a statement Monday that "running for re-election has never been an automatic for me," and that he'll make a decision "at the appropriate time."

Why it matters: The departures could make it harder for Republicans to hold the House in 2018.

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