Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the latest member of Congress to announce he will not seek reelection. He joins a field of retiring members of Congress, most of whom happen to be Republicans. Issa served as a chief critic of former President Barack Obama when he served as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested in an interview on Fox News on Thursday that retirements by fellow Republicans are natural because many have been in office for more than 20 years and some had reached the GOP’s six-year term limit for committee chairs. Democrats do not have similar rules regarding term limits for committee chairs.

Six of the seven departing GOP committee leaders would be forced out of their roles and to the back bench in 2019.

Issa was facing reelection in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Fellow Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, who has also announced his decision to retire, is also facing a competitive district. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) announced that he will not seek reelection, after facing sexual misconduct allegations that were likely to go to the House Ethics Committee. Liberal Republicans who are retiring include Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, and Dave Reichert of Washington state.

About the same number of Democrats and Republicans in the House are leaving their seats to seek higher office, while only seven House Democrats are retiring or have already resigned, compared with 21 Republicans. Including those members who are leaving to run for another office, there will be 15 open House seats left behind by Democrats and 31 for Republicans.

GOP risks in the Senate

While the Democratic party must seek to retain more Senate seats than Republicans this year, including several in states that Donald Trump won, all Democrat incumbents are currently running for reelection. The retirements of GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona, along with a Democratic victory in December’s special election in Alabama, may give  Democrats a slight chance at taking back control of the Senate. To do that in the House, Democrats would need to 24 seats. If more Republicans retire in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, the greater the risk for GOP control of the House.

Republican senators retiring: 

Bob Corker, Tennessee
2016 presidential election: +26.15 Trump
2012 Senate election: +34.6 Corker 

Jeff Flake, Arizona
2016 presidential election: +3.57 Trump
2012 Senate election: +3.9 Flake

Orrin Hatch, Utah
2016 presidential election: +17.9 Trump over Hillary Clinton; +23.8 Trump over Evan McMullin
2012 Senate election: +35 Hatch

Democrat senators retiring:

Al Franken, Minnesota
2016 presidential election: +1.5 Clinton
2014 Senate election: +10.24 Franken

House Republicans Retiring Outright

Bob Goodlatte, Virginia 6th district
2016 presidential election: +24.8 Trump
2016 House election: +33.56 Goodlatte

Jeb Hensarling, Texas 5th district
2016 presidential election: +28.4 Trump
2016 House election: +61.21 Hensarling

Darrell Issa, California 49th district
2016 presidential election: +7.5 Clinton
2016 House election: +0.52 Issa

Joe Barton, Texas 6th district
2016 presidential election: +12.3 Trump
2016 House election: +19.31 Barton

Lamar Smith, Texas 21st district
2016 presidential election: +10.00 Trump
2016 House election: +20.56 Smith

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida 27th district
2016 presidential election: +19.6 Clinton
2016 House election: +9.79 Ros-Lehtinen

Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania 15th district
2016 presidential election: +7.6 Trump
2016 House election: +19.63 Dent

Dave Reichert, Washington state 8th district
2016 presidential election: +3.00 Clinton
2016 House election: uncontested

Pat Tiberi, Ohio 12th district
2016 presidential election: +11.3 Trump
2016 House election: +36.73 Tiberi

Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey 2nd district
2016 presidential election: +4.6 Trump
2016 House election: +21.99 LoBiondo

Lynn Jenkins, Kansas 2nd district
2016 presidential election:  +18.4 Trump
2016 House election: +28.38 Jenkins

Sam Johnson, Texas 3rd district
2016 presidential election: +14.2 Trump
2016 House election: +26.63 Johnson

John Duncan Jr., Tennessee 2nd district
2016 presidential election: +35.4 Trump
2016 House election: +51.29 Duncan Jr.

Ted Poe, Texas 2nd district
2016 presidential election: +9.3 Trump
2016 House election: +24.26 Poe

Dave Trott, Michigan 11th district
2016 presidential election: +4.4 Trump
2016 House election: +12.76 Trott

Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania 18th district
2016 presidential election: +19.6 Trump
2016 House election: uncontested

Trent Franks, Arizona 8th district
2016 presidential election: +21.1 Trump
2016 House election: +37.13 Franks

Blake Farenthold, Texas 27th district
2016 presidential election: +23.6 Trump  
2016 House election: +23.39 Farenthold

Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania 9th district
2016 presidential election: +42.5 Trump
2016 House election: +26.68 Shuster

Gregg Harper, Mississippi 3rd district
2016 presidential election: +24.5 Trump
2016 House election: +35.83 Harper

Ed Royce, California 39th district
2016 presidential election: +8.6 Clinton
2016 House election: +14.46 Royce

House Democrats Retiring Outright

Luis Gutierrez, Illinois 4th district
2016 presidential election: +68.9 Clinton
2016 House election: uncontested

John Conyers, Michigan 13th district
2016 presidential election: +60.7 Clinton
2016 House election: +61.38 Conyers

Sander Levin, Michigan 9th district
2016 presidential election: +7.8 Clinton
2016 House election: +20.51 Levin

Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire 1st district
2016 presidential election: +1.6 Trump
2016 House election: +1.34 Shea-Porter

Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts 3rd district
2016 presidential election: +22.8 Clinton
2016 House election: +37.53 Tsongas

Gene Green, Texas 29th district
2016 presidential election: +45.7 Clinton
2016 House election:  +48.49 Green

Ruben Kihuen, Nevada 4th district
2016 presidential election: +4.9 Clinton  
2016 House election: +4.01 Kihuen

House Republicans Running for Higher Office in 2018

Diane Black, Tennessee 6th district
2016 presidential election: +48.9 Trump
2016 House election: +49.29 Black

Luke Messer, Indiana 6th district
2016 presidential election: +40.3 Trump
2016 House election: +42.44 Messer

Todd Rokita, Indiana 4th district
2016 presidential election: +34.1 Trump
2016 House election: +34.12 Rokita

Steve Pearce, New Mexico 2nd district
2016 presidential election: +10.2 Trump
2016 House election: +25.48 Pearce

Raul Labrador, Idaho 1st district
2016 presidential election: +38.3 Trump
2016 House election: +36.36 Labrador

Jim Renacci, Ohio 16th district
2016 presidential election: +16.6 Trump
2016 House election: +30.66 Renacci

Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania 11th district
2016 presidential election: +23.8 Trump
2016 House election: +27.34 Barletta

Kristi Noem, South Dakota at-large
2016 presidential election: +29.79 Trump
2016 House election: +28.21 Noem

Evan Jenkins, West Virginia 3rd district
2016 presidential election: +49.2 Trump
2016 House election: +43.91 Jenkins

Ron DeSantis, Florida 6th district
2016 presidential election: +17.0 Trump
2016 House election: +17.13 DeSantis

House Democrats Running for Higher Office in 2018

Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona 9th district
2016 presidential election: +16.3 Clinton
2016 House election: +21.88 Sinema

Jared Polis, Colorado 2nd district
2016 presidential election: +21.3 Clinton
2016 House election: +19.72 Polis

Tim Walz, Minnesota 1st district
2016 presidential election: +14.9 Trump
2016 House election: +0.76 Walz

Beto O’Rourke, Texas 16th district
2016 presidential election: +40.7 Clinton
2016 House election: +75.75 O’Rourke

John Delaney, Maryland 6th district
2016 presidential election: +15.1 Clinton
2016 House election: +15.89 Delaney

Jacky Rosen, Nevada 3rd district
2016 presidential election: +1.00 Trump
2016 House election: +1.27 Rosen

Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii 1st district
2016 presidential election: +32.6 Clinton
2016 House election: +49.15 Hanabusa

Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico 1st district
2016 presidential election: +16.5 Clinton
2016 House election: +30.29 Grisham 
 

SHARE THIS

READ NEXT

Remains of WW2 pilot found on the bottom of Pacific Ocean

U.S. Navy personnel have discovered the remains of an American aviator who was shot down in combat over the Pacific Ocean in 1944. A team aboard USNS ...



SHARE

Short Link

Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

Do you like what you just read?

Back our investigations with an immediate financial contribution. Spero News operates on the financial support from you and people like you who believe in media independence and free speech.

Comments

RELATED NEWS