A fairly high number of Republican lawmakers have announced that they will not seek re-election after their terms are up.
While McMorris represents the latest GOP lawmaker to announce retirement, there is no guarantee that she will be the last political figure to make such an announcement before 2024 is up.
This brings the total number of GOP politicians announcing retirement up to 2o. Axios reports:
So far, at least 44 U.S. House members and seven U.S. senators are not seeking re-election in 2024.
The incumbents’ decisions to run for other offices or retire have left key seats open, which could determine Congress’ balance of power in 2025.
Below is a list of the 20 GOP lawmakers who have already announced they will not be seeking re-election once their terms are over:
After much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided the time has come to serve the people of Eastern Washington in new ways. I will not be running for re-election to the People’s House.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/rGeLnJoT6L
— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) February 8, 2024
A statement from Congressman Gallagher. pic.twitter.com/93xhZIyVRb
— Rep. Gallagher Press Office (@RepGallagher) February 10, 2024
The Hill touched on the retirement of Rep. Ken Buck:
Buck was the second Republican to announce he won’t run for reelection, just hours after Rep. Kay Granger (Texas) announced her plans.
Buck, who is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, pointed to the election denialism within his party in a video announcement posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.
The 64-year-old lawmaker was first elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Colorado’s 4th District.
The district voted for former President Trump by nearly 19 points in 2020, a signal the Republican primary candidate is likely to win Buck’s seat.