The Republican exodus from congress continues, as 5-term Congressman Tom Rooney (R) says that he will “hang ’em up” after the 2018 mid-term elections, saying that he will not seek a 6th term to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rooney made the announcement via press release, thanking staff and fellow members who stayed loyal to him.
“I want to thank my constituents for allowing me the opportunity to serve them in Washington. I also want to recognize the amazing team that has worked alongside for the people of Florida’s 16th and 17th districts over five terms, especially Chief of Staff Jess Moore, District Director Leah Valenti, Field Rep Sherry McCorkle, and Office Manager Dean Lester who have been with me since the beginning.
To my colleagues in the House: Representatives Herrera-Buetler, Hunter, Kinzinger, Roby, Yoder, and Dold, your unyielding friendship and loyalty will never be forgotten.
Most of all, I would like to thank my family, especially my mom and dad, my wife Tara and my sons Tommy, Sean Patrick, and Seamus. You have sacrificed so much so I could follow my dreams. Now it’s time for me to better support yours.
I look forward to serving Florida again in the future in a different capacity. Keep the faith. Sláinte!”-Rep. Tom Rooney