Another top Republican lawmaker is retiring.
Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Stivers, former chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, announced Monday that he will be retiring from Congress on May 16 to become president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Ohio’s 15th District is considered relatively safe for Republicans.
Stivers won re-election last year by a nearly 27-point margin, while Trump carried the district by 14 points last year.
Stivers raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2021 and was reportedly considering a run for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
“For the past decade, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Stivers, who has served in Congress since 2011, wrote in a tweet.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked to promote policies that drive our economy forward, get folks to work, and put our fiscal house in order. I’m excited to announce that I will be taking on a new opportunity that allows me to continue to do that,” he added.
I’m excited to announce that I will be taking on a new opportunity that allows me to continue to do that. Effective May 16, I will be leaving Congress in order to accept the position of President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
— Steve Stivers (@RepSteveStivers) April 19, 2021
Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio says he is leaving office next month, giving Republicans at least temporarily one fewer vote in the narrowly divided House. https://t.co/5JnAswOr87
— CNN (@CNN) April 19, 2021
Stivers is just one of many Republicans who have recently announced they will retire from Congress.
Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady announced that he will be retiring from Congress when his term expires in 2022.
Brady played a key role in passing Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts and was the top Republican on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is also stepping away, marking another high-profile retirement for Senate Republicans.
“After 14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” he said in a video message.
“In every job, Missourians have allowed me to have, I’ve tried to do my best. In almost 12,000 votes in the Congress, I’m sure I wasn’t right every time, but you really make that decision based on the information you have at the time,” he said.
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2022.
“I will not be running for reelection in 2022 and I will not be running for governor,” Toomey said. “I will serve out the remainder of my term.”
The senator added that after his term, “my plan is to go back to the private sector.”
The decision by Toomey will likely create a competitive battle for his battleground-state seat in two years.
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