Disposals of a challenge as the Republicans fight to majorities in Congress

Rep. Bob Goodlatte from Virginia, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida, and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona have all announced plans to retire at the end of this Congress.

The exodus of veteran Republican lawmakers in Congress could complicate the efforts of the GOP to hold majorities in both the house and Senate as the 2018 mid-term elections approach.

A stream of Republicans have recently announced plans to have it completed call, including longtime Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said this week he would not run again.

So far in this cycle, 12 Republicans in the house and two in the Senate, plans have been announced to retire, and others are likely to follow. And these figures do not include the 13 other Republicans who left Congress to resign, to assume new positions in government or running for other offices.


  • Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee
  • Sen. Jeff Flake Of Arizona
  • Rep. Dave Trott, Michigan
  • Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas
  • Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas
  • Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee
  • Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas
  • Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, New Jersey
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas
  • Rep., Dave Reichert, Washington
  • Rep. Ted Poe, Texas
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia


The GOP retirements are superior to those of the Democrats, who have seen only two failures in the house and zero in the Senate so far this cycle. In addition, the number of retirements outdated periods at this stage in the last legislature.

Democrats to win the flip – 24 seats to win the house and three seats back in the Senate, armed of the last GOP retirements improves your chances when folding the seats.

“In General, elimination of the power of incumbency, a large amount of advantage for the House Democratic Challenger creates,” Ben Ray Luján, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, wrote in a memo this week.


But the Republicans point out, the number of GOP legislators, not to run for re-election falls below the historical average for the rest, in an election cycle. They also say that many pensioners represent strong Republican districts.

“This is another pipedream from the same party that is notorious for full performance,” said Jesse Hunt, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the national press secretary. “We have already explained, a variety of quality Republican candidates in many of these places, and we are confident that you will stay in our column.”

Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said this week that he would not seat for re-election to his house.

(Associated Press)

Goodlatte, the announcement this week follows the resignations of other influential Republican lawmakers, including Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent.

Other Republicans have said the toxic political environment has helped to leave the decision to Congress.

The two Republican senators who retire — Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Arizona sen. Jeff Flake, both of whom had high-profile commercials with President Trump.

“The people before the politics was always my philosophy and my motivation,” New Jersey Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, said he announced his resignation this week. “Unfortunately, in our country is now consumed by an increasing political polarisation; it is no longer the center, to discuss honest issues, and solutions.”

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