Jan 9, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Mike Pence’s brother is latest Republican retiring from Congress

Rep. Greg Pence. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from Congress after three terms.

Why it matters: It's the latest in a string of sudden Republican retirement announcements and comes as the House returns from its holiday recess.

Driving the news: Pence, in a statement posted to the social media site X, said he has "made the decision not to file for reelection" in 2024.

  • "In 2017, I ran for Congress because I was Ready to Serve Again. As a former Marine, I approached the job with purpose," he said, adding that it was a "privilege and honor" to represent his district.
  • First elected in 2018, Pence holds a widely sought-after seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

By the numbers: Pence is the fourth Republican to announce this month plans to retire from Congress – out of a dozen retiring House Republicans overall.

  • Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), all of whom have been in Congress more than a decade and are senior members of their respective committees, aren't running this year.
  • Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) also announced this month he will run for Senate rather than his House seat, and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) plans to retire earlier than expected.
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