Aug 5, 2019 - Politics & Policy
Rep. Kenny Marchant becomes 4th Texas Republican to announce retirement
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, becoming the fourth Texas Republican House member to announce retirement in recent weeks, the New York Times first reported.
Why it matters: Texas, which holds 38 electoral college votes, is increasingly becoming more competitive for Democrats in both presidential and congressional elections. Marchant won re-election in Texas' 24th district in November by just 3 points and is now the 12th House Republican retiring at the end of their term. Only 3 House Democrats have announced they aren't running in 2020.
House GOP Texas seats up for grabs in 2020:
- Rep. Kenny Marchant, 24th district
- Rep. Pete Olson, 22nd district
- Rep. Will Hurd, 23rd district
- Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th district
Go deeper: Shifting demographics could bring Texas into play for Democrats in 2020