Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced on Thursday that he will not be seeking reelection for his seat in Virginia’s Sixth District.
Goodlatte has held the seat for 25 years, and has generally been a conservative voice in Congress. The Sixth District covers much of Western Virginia, including the cities of Lynchburg and Roanoke, the latter of which Goodlatte is a resident.
He announced his retirement in a post on his Facebook page:
- It’s my honor to represent the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have had the opportunity to serve. Now is the right time to step aside – I will not seek re-election. Here’s my letter on this difficult decision:
When I first decided to run for Congress there were several things I wanted to achieve for the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. I had a strong passion for public service, a love of the law and the judicial system, and a deep appreciation for the people who call western and central Virginia home. These passions led me to serve on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees throughout my time in the House, and have shaped my work on policies impacting the American people. I’ve had the privilege to serve as Chairman of both of these committees, and I’ve been proud to work on policies that have become law and advance fiscal conservatism, personal liberty, economic growth, and limited government.
In his announcement, he made clear that he’s not going to just give up, though, stating that he still has much to do before his term is up.
While I’m not running for re-election, my work in the 115th Congress is far from done. There is much that I hope we can accomplish in the next year, including: bolstering enforcement of our immigration laws and reforming the legal immigration system, simplifying the tax code in order to stimulate job growth and benefit families in the Sixth District, enacting criminal justice reform, repealing Obamacare, advancing protections of the freedoms and liberties enshrined in our Constitution, and, of course, continuing first-class constituent service for the citizens of the Sixth District. I look forward to working with the House Leadership, the Senate, and President Trump in bringing real conservative change to our country.
I extend my deepest thanks to the people of Virginia’s Sixth District who have placed their trust in me. It is truly you who are the highlight of my time in elected office. I’ve had the good fortune of having an amazing staff team during my time in Congress – both in my Sixth District offices as well as in the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees. They’ve done excellent work, and I greatly value their commitment to serving the Sixth District and the American people. I’d also like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work over the years. I genuinely appreciate your friendship and support. And finally, none of this would have been possible without the love and support of my wife, Maryellen, and our children, Bobby, Jen, and Jen’s husband, Matt. They have my enduring love and gratitude.
I look forward to what the next chapter brings.
Goodlatte’s departure will leave a vacancy in the 2018 midterm elections, and the House of Representatives may be in play. That election cycle will be another referendum on the Trump administration and the Republican party at large, as any political race is now being made into such.
Republican = Trump = Racism seems to be the general formula. As long as there is a (D) next to their name, it doesn’t matter because, #Resist!
After the bloodbath in Virginia’s state elections earlier this week, conservatives should be planning for the midterm elections very carefully, putting in lots of work to convince voters not to fall for the Statist ideas that now define the Democratic party.
In order to do that, though, the Republican party will have to learn that establishment candidates are not a viable path for the future.