Mark Meadows Announces He Will Not Run for Re-Election With Eye Toward Working With Trump

One of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters on Capitol Hill announced that he would not seek re-election, adding that he may not finish out his current term.

On Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said “after prayerful consideration and discussion” he decided that he would not seek re-election,

“After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term.”

Meadows was first elected to the House in 2012 and helped found the conservative Freedom Caucus, serving as its chair from 2016 to 2019.

In his statement, Meadows touted Trump’s accomplishment over the last three years and said he plans to continue supporting the president.

“My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning. This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come.”

He told Politico that he saw his time in Congress as a “temporary job,” noting that he supported term limits for lawmakers.

Politico reports that Meadows’ district changed a little after a redistricting process and became “marginally less conservative,” but he felt he still had a good chance of getting re-elected.

He added that he will stay in Congress “until it’s decided that I can best serve the president and the American people in a different capacity.”

Additionally, he said that he does not have “immediate plans” to work for Trump, but said that he would like to work for the president’s re-election campaign or have a role in the administration.

“And so while there’s no immediate plans, there’s certainly discussions that have occurred and potentially could occur in the future.”

Last year, Trump reportedly briefly floated the idea of making Meadows his chief of staff while he was searching for someone to replace former Chief of Staff John Kelly, according to an Axios report.

Meadows’ decision makes him the 24th House Republican to announce that they will not seek re-election in 2020.


  1. Not running for re-election in order to work for Trump?? As Meadows points out in his announcement, he has been working for Trump for the last 3 years—-and unlike Trump’s last 3 chief of staff, has not had to hire an attorney.

  2. Republican Early Retirees – a Texodus:

    Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee – retiring
    Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas – retiring
    Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Pete Olson of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Will Hurd of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan – retiring
    Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama – retiring
    Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah – retiring
    Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania – retiring
    Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia – retiring
    Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana – retiring
    Rep. Duncan Hunter of California – resigned
    Rep. Chris Collins of New York – resigning
    Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama – running for Senate
    Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin – retiring
    Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia – retiring
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin – retiring
    Rep. Bill Flores of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana – running for Senate
    Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois – retiring
    Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming – retiring
    Rep. Paul Cook of California – retiring
    Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida – retiring
    Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon – retiring
    Rep. Peter King of Washington D.C. – retiring
    Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida – retiring
    Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina – retiring

    Democratic Early Retirees:

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico – running for Senate
    Rep. Susan Davis of California – retiring
    Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico – retiring
    Rep. José Serrano of New York – retiring
    Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa – retiring
    Rep. Nita Lowey of New York – retiring
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii – running for president
    Rep. Katie Hill of California – resigned
    Rep. Pete Visclosky of Indiana – retiring
    Rep. Denny Heck of Washington – retiring

    1. Thanks for the updated list. I missed Ted Yoho’s announcement. Apparently Ted is either not getting coverage for his wacky ideas, i.e. the U.S. defaulting on our debt would stabilize world markets, or he has toned down the crazy to not compete with Trump.

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