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Greg Walden, the top Republican on the powerful house Committee, is leaving Congress

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GOP Rep. Greg Walden from Oregon announced on Monday he will have elections by the Congress at the end of his term of office and is not up for re-election — is the latest departure of an influential house Republicans, the rich before the year 2020.

Walden, 62, serves as the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was first elected to Congress in 1998. He said he is retiring, despite the confidence he could garner the support of the 12th term to serve

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“Based on the recent polling, strong fundraising, and the support of my wife and my family, I am confident that I could earn the support of the 2. District voters for another term,” Walden said in a statement Monday. “I am also optimistic that a path exists for the Republicans to capture a majority in the house, and that I return might, for a further two years as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”

Representative Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, goes to a house Republican conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on Thursday, may 4. May 2017. (Getty).

“But I also know that for me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities,” he continued. “So, I’m not going for re-election for the U.S. house of representatives, the election to other offices, but instead, I will close to the public service Chapter in my life, grateful for the friends I’ve made, and the successful work we have done together.”

During his time in Congress, Walden has also served as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Walden is the 19 house-to announce a Republican, that he or she will cycle to the re-election of this choice. Three other GOP legislators have already resigned.

However, current NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer, said Walden is “convinced” remain in him, he would “remain heavily involved with the position this seat will remain in Republican hands.”

“I consider it an honor to follow in Greg’s footsteps, as NRCC Chairman, and will continue to be based on him, for his support and guidance as we fight to get back the majority in the year 2020,” Emmer said in a statement Monday. “This is a solid Republican district and it will remain so in the year 2020.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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