Jul 25, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Texas swing district Rep. Pete Olson announces retirement

This image shows Olson donning an orange baseball cap while holding a binder and walking.

Olson dons a Houston Astros hat after a 2017 House Republican Conference meeting. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) is retiring, according to a statement released Thursday by National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer.

Why it matters: Without Olson, Texas' 22nd congressional district is expected to shift from Republican to "toss-up", or a highly competitive seat that either party has a good chance of winning in 2020. The minority-majority district is "one of the fastest-diversifying" in the country, according to Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman.

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