Tuesday, August 6, 2019

GOP members of Congress announce their retirements from the House early and often, especially in Texas

Say goodbye to Kenny Marchant, who represents Texas's 24th congressional district.  He is currently serving his 8th term.

Rep. Kenny Marchant calls it quits, becomes 12th House Republican to retire.  (Washington Post, 8/5/2019)
“I am looking forward to finishing out my term and then returning to Texas to start a new chapter,” Marchant said in a statement that thanked his family, staff, colleagues and constituents but did not detail the reasons for his departure.

Clearly, Kenny is not interested in running for re-election when he is very likely to lose.  In 2014, he beat his opponent by 37.3 percentage points.  Four years later, he eked out a 3.1 percentage-point victory margin.

Source:  Ballotpedia  (Libertarian challenger in 2010)

Marchant's district is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.

Sources:  CNN (US/TX), Daily Kos (TX 23rd CD)

The Obama elections:
  • 2008:  McCain, 58%, Obama, 41%
  • 2012:  Romney, 60.4%; Obama 38.0%

Not Trump's America.  Even with the district's changing demographics, Trump underperformed here.

Other Marchant posts:
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (8/11/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (5/20/2015)

Other retirement posts:
Alabama 1st CD.  Bradley Byrne.  (8/1/2019)
Alabama 2nd CD.  Martha Roby.  (8/1/2019)
Georgia 7th CD.  Rob Woodall.  (8/2/2019)
Indiana 5th CD.  Susan Brooks.  (8/3/2019)
Michigan 10th CD.  Paul Mitchell.  (8/5/2019)
Texas 11th CD.  Tom Conaway.  (8/3/2019)
Texas 22nd CD.  Pete Olson.  (8/4/2019)
Texas 23rd CD.  Will Hurd.  (8/5/2019)

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