Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte To Retire

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte To Retire

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., won't seek re-election in 2018.

"After much contemplation and prayer", the 13-term congressman said in a statement that he and his wife decided the time was right for him to step aside.

In July, rumors circulated about Goodlatte's retirement, which his secretary Beth Breeding denied.

Goodlatte, the most senior Republican in the Virginia congressional delegation, is known as a serious student of policy in Washington who keeps a close watch over state and local GOP politics.

When Goodlatte first ran for office in 1992, he pledged to only serve six terms.

"I can not begin to express how blessed I am to have had the opportunity to serve and take part in the great experiment of self-government envisioned by our Founders", Goodlatte said in a statement". "From his Chairmanship of the House Committee on the Judiciary, to his work on Agriculture, he has been a dedicated representative to Virginia's 6th District and to the rest of the country", said NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers.

His announcement makes the third Republican House member this week to decide not to seek re-election.

"I look forward to working with the House Leadership, the Senate, and President Trump in bringing real conservative change to our country", Goodlatte said.

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