Senior House Republican Walden Will Not Seek Re-Election

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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)

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General Confusion

“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,… Read more »


Another one bites the dust.

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“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.

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