Florida Republican Rep. Tom Rooney announced that he would not seek re-election after nearly a decade in congress, in a statement Monday.
Rooney, who unendorsed President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, is the latest in a wave of Republican lawmakers to decide against running for reelection.
“After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida’s Heartland, it’s time to ‘hang ’em up’ as my old football coach used to say. I will not be running for re-election to Congress in 2018,” Rooney said in a statement.
After 10 years in Congress, it’s time to “hang ’em up,” as my old football coach used to say. I will not be running for re-election to Congress in 2018. https://t.co/TDYIaLD8Gz
— Tom Rooney (@TomRooney) February 19, 2018
The Florida Republican did not mention what his future plans were, but said he looks forward to serving Florida again in the future “in a different capacity.”
At least twenty-eight Republicans are presently not seeking reelection and 15 Democrats are also retiring after the 2018 midterms. (RELATED: Another House Republican Retires, Should The GOP Sound The Alarms?)
Rooney has been in congress since 2009.
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