Rep. Pete Olson of Texas introduced Thursday that he won’t run for reelection, changing into the fifth Home Republican to say no to run in 2020.
In a press release, Olson known as his time serving in Congress a “great blessing” however mentioned that it “has additionally come at nice private sacrifice to my household.”
“My superb spouse, Nancy, has carried the lion’s share of parenting our two nice youngsters,” the six-term lawmaker mentioned. “Her mom has suffered well being points that require extra care and a focus. As somebody who has lengthy advocated for insurance policies that put our households first, it’s time for me to take my very own recommendation and be a extra constant presence to assist our household.”
Olson’s transfer comes someday after Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) introduced he wouldn’t run for reelection, voicing frustration that “rhetoric overwhelms coverage” in Washington.
Since 2009, Olson, 56, has represented Texas’ 22nd congressional district, a minority-majority district that is without doubt one of the most numerous within the nation.
The district, which was drawn to be protected for Republicans, has grown extra Democratic prior to now few years. In 2012, Mitt Romney received the Sugarland-area district in Houston’s suburbs by 25 factors; 4 years later, Donald Trump received it by simply eight factors.
In 2018, Democrat Sri Kulkarni, a former diplomat, gave Olson an unexpectedly shut race, coming simply four factors quick as Republicans misplaced floor in Texas’s cities and suburbs — and after Olson accused Kulkarni of being an “Indo-American carpetbagger.”
Kulkarni, who’s operating once more for the seat, had raised $415,249 as of the final FEC submitting interval this month, and the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee had put an anticipated Olson-Kulkarni rematch on its 2020 goal listing.
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), chairman of the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, thanked Olson in a press release and predicted that his district “will stay a Republican district for the foreseeable future.”
The DCCC countered that Texas Republicans “are frightened of shedding their seats in 2020 and we will’t blame Pete Olson for selecting to retire as a substitute of being thrown out of workplace subsequent 12 months.”
“Some of the numerous districts on the battlefield, Democrats can win this open seat and we sit up for Congressman Olson spending his golden years deep within the coronary heart of Texas,” DCCC spokesperson Avery Jaffe mentioned in a press release.
Olson has been among the many most conservative members of the Home throughout his time in Congress, though he lately expressed criticism of President Trump’s remark that 4 minority congresswomen ought to “return” to their international locations.
“The Tweet President Trump posted over the weekend about fellow Members of Congress should not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ folks in Texas 22,” Olson tweeted. “We’re proud to be essentially the most numerous Congressional district in America. I urge our President instantly disavow his feedback.”