According to NPR, on average 22 house members retire each cycle. On April 6, Congress Representative Blake Farenthold from Texas announced of his retirement from congress. In his statement he said: “While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve. Therefore, I sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott today resigning from the House of Representatives effective at 5:00 p.m. April 6, 2018.”

This announcement came months after there were allegations facing the representative. Blake was accused of sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour and misconduct which were serious threats not entertained in Congress. Among the republicans who are not seeking a second term in office is; 

Jason Chaffetz

He was a congress man from Uttah. He resigned from congress in June 2017. In his resignation statement he said that: “My life has undergone some big changes over the last 18 months. Those changes have been good. But as I celebrated my 50th birthday in March, the reality of spending more than 1,500 nights away from my family over eight years hit me harder than it had before,”

The congress man was replaced by John Curtis who was a republican.

Thad Cochran

The chairman of senate appropriations Committee 80 year old Thad Cochran announced on 5 March of his resignation from office as from April. He resigned having served as a senator from 1978. He became the second longest serving senator in the history of America. In his intent of resignation, Thad wrote, “I regret my health has become an on-going challenge. I intend to fulfil my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle.”

A special election will have to be undertaken to get a replacement until 2021.

Jimmy Duncan

A representative from R-Tenn made an announcement of him not seeking a second term in office as from July 2017. The 70 year old Duncan was thankful for the conservatives who had elected him into office. In his statement he said: “I have decided I wanted to spend less time in airports, airplanes and traveling around the district and more time with my family, especially my nine grandchildren, who all live in Knoxville,” Duncan said. “I love my job, but I love my family more.”

In a recent report, Duncan’s sister state senator Becky Duncan would likely launch a bid to fill the vacant seat.

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