Dec 10, 2019

Florida GOP Rep. Ted Yoho will not seek re-election in 2020

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Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fl.) will not seek re-election, honoring a campaign promise that he would not serve more than four terms in Congress, CNN reports.

The big picture: Yoho is the 22nd Republican to announce that he won't return to the House or seek higher office, compared to just five Democrats.

  • Yoho will complete the rest of his term, which ends in 2021. He served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the panels overseeing the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

What he's saying:

"I ran on a pledge to serve four terms - eight years and come home. Many told me I was naive and they're probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn't binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person's word is their bond and should live up to their word. I also meant that after eight years I will come home and pass the baton onto a new generation. Now, I am doing that."
— Yoho in a statement to supporters, according to CNN

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Rep. Mark Meadows to retire in 2020

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2020.

Why it matters: Meadows is one of the visible House Republicans and one of President Trump's most loyal defenders on Capitol Hill. He becomes the 24th House Republican to announce his retirement in 2020, further complicating the GOP's path to regaining the chamber's majority next year.

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Biden told Senate Democrat he would "serve two terms if necessary"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) that he would "serve two terms, if necessary" in response to a Politico article suggesting he had signaled he would only serve a single term if elected president, CNN's Ali Zaslav said Wednesday.

Background: Biden, who would be 81 years old by the 2024 election, has grappled with addressing his age and sharpness throughout his campaign. He has considered making a public pledge binding himself to just one term, per Politico, but aides fear such a promise could drain his political capital upon entering office.

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Tennessee GOP Rep. Phil Roe to retire in 2020

President Trump shakes hands with Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) during the signing ceremony for the Veterans Affairs Mission Act. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) announced Friday he won't seek re-election in 2020, per WCYB.

The big picture: Roe, the ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, is the 25th Republican to announce he will not run for re-election this cycle.

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