Senior House Republican Walden Will Not Seek Re-Election

Last updated 10/28/2019 at 2:16 p.m. ET.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said on Monday he will not seek re-election in November 2020, the latest Republican to announce his retirement.

Walden, 62, who previously chaired the committee and oversaw many legislative efforts, said in a statement released by his office that he believes he would have been re-elected if he had run. Walden, who is from Oregon, has been in Congress since 1999 and is deputy chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The committee oversees energy, telecommunications, auto safety, health care and climate change, among other issues.

Democrats regained control of the U.S. House in 2018 and Republicans are increasingly skeptical they will be able to wrest control in the 2020 election. Democrats hold a 36-seat majority in the House.

The top Republicans on the House Armed Services, Natural Resources and Agriculture committees have announced they will not seek re-election, as have other senior Republicans.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Bill Berkrot)

Responses

  1. “I re-read it. I see no indication of Speaker Pelosi forcing her to resign. Help me out. To what are you referring?” Phyllis

    “I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.” Katie Hill

    This is code for Nancy Pelosi having a little chat with her saying, “Resign so that you don’t hurt our chances of re-election next year.” Pelosi is old school and has so often NOT supported other strong women, including Christine Blasey Ford. Hill’s statement indicates that she was offered NO support from party leadership. None. It was good night Irene, even though, with party support, she probably could have survived an inquiry. At least let her appeal to her voters first.

    Democrats are sometimes needlessly way to hard on themselves, even when they don’t have to be.

  2. “Was really sad to see Katie Hill resign.” Phyllis

    Correction. You should have said that she was FORCED to resign (read her statement carefully), by Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi and the other DNC leadership want to eliminate all members of the party who don’t think like they do.

    If the American Fascist Party can keep someone who was corrupt, such as Duncan Hunter, who used over a quarter of a million in campaign funds for personal gain in the name of the troops without raising an eyebrow, then the Democrats should have been able to back Hill.

    1. I re-read it. I see no indication of Speaker Pelosi forcing her to resign. Help me out. To what are you referring?

  3. 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 (*criminal trial)
    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

    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

    1. Immediately thought of you when I saw the headline. One more name to add to the General’s list. Was really sad to see Katie Hill resign.

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