House Judiciary chairman announces retirement

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteJuan Williams: The shame of Trump’s enablers GOP bill would ban abortions when heartbeat is detected Overnight Regulation: GOP flexes power over consumer agency | Trump lets states expand drone use | Senate panel advances controversial EPA pick | House passes bill to curb ‘sue-and-settle’ regs MORE (R-Va.) said Thursday that he will not seek reelection, becoming the latest in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements.

Goodlatte, 65, is the third term-limited House committee chairman to announce his plans to leave the chamber within the last week.

« With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters, » Goodlatte said in a letter to supporters.

 

Two other House committee chairmen, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingTexas GOP lawmaker won’t seek reelection Retirements shine spotlight on GOP term limits for chairs House reaches deal on flood insurance overhaul MORE (R-Texas), also announced last week that they will not seek reelection.

Hensarling chairs the House Financial Services Committee, while Smith leads the Science, Space and Technology panel.

House GOP conference rules limit lawmakers to only serving up to three two-year terms as committee chairmen. Democrats do not apply such limits to their members.

Two other House Republicans, Reps. Ted PoeTed PoeFive takeaways from the Virginia governor’s race Texas GOP lawmaker won’t seek reelection House passes bill to revoke passports of terror suspects MORE (R-Texas) and Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoFive takeaways from the Virginia governor’s race Iran denies visas to GOP lawmakers GOP rep: Iran wouldn’t let me visit MORE (R-N.J.), earlier this week also made their plans not to seek reelection public. 

Of the retirements announced in the last week, only LoBiondo’s southern New Jersey seat is expected to be competitive in next year’s midterm elections.

Goodlatte’s western Virginia district, which spans most of the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke, is expected to remain solidly in the GOP column. President Trump won the district by nearly 25 points in 2016.

Goodlatte’s retirement announcement came following the election for Virginia governor on Tuesday, which Democrat Ralph Northam won by nine points.

But Goodlatte, who has served since 1993, was already considered a possible lawmaker who could opt not to seek reelection regardless of the Virginia election results, given that he would be term-limited as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Before becoming chairman of the Judiciary panel in 2013, he led the House Agriculture Committee from 2003 to 2007.

Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCurtis wins Chaffetz’s former Utah House seat Top Oversight Dem pushes back on Uranium One probe Tapper hits Fox, Hannity over ‘Allahu Akbar’ comments after NY terror attack MORE (R-Utah) resigned earlier this year to take a job at Fox News, while Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) announced last month that he will leave Congress by the end of January to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable. 

– This report was updated at 12 p.m.

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