Nov 11, 2019

Longtime Republican Rep. Peter King retiring after 14 terms

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Rep. Pete King will not seek re-election during 2020 after 14 terms in Congress, the Long Island Republican announced on Facebook.

The big picture: King is the 23rd House Republican to announce that they will not seek re-election this cycle.

What they're saying: "I made this decision after much discussion with my wife Rosemary; my son Sean; and my daughter Erin. The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford," King said.

  • "Governmentally I will miss fighting for the people of my district and America and will always be proud of my efforts for 9/11 victims and their families; protecting our citizens from terrorism and MS-13; ... working with President Clinton to achieve the Good Friday Agreement and end centuries of warfare in Ireland and Northern Ireland."

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N.C. GOP Rep. George Holding to retire in 2020 after district is redrawn

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Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) announced Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2020 after North Carolina's recently redrawn congressional maps placed him in a heavily Democratic district.

Why it matters: Holding's decision to leave Congress is one of the first major impacts of North Carolina's new maps, which still favor Republicans in eight out of the state's 13 congressional seats. He is the 21st House Republican to announce their retirement this cycle.

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Georgia GOP Rep. Tom Graves to retire in 2020

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Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2020.

The big picture: Graves is the 20th House Republican to announce his retirement in 2020, but his seat in Georgia's 14th district is considered an extremely safe GOP seat, according to Cook Political Report.

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The members of Congress departing in 2020

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More Republicans than Democrats are exiting Congress in the lead up to the 2020 elections. Twenty-six GOP representatives and four senators are retiring without bids for higher office, compared to five Democratic representatives and one senator.

Driving the news: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) submitted his letter of resignation, effective Jan. 13, after pleading guilty last month to misusing campaign funds.

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