GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling Won’t Seek Reelection

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 4: Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, speaks during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Examining the SEC's Agenda, Operations, and Budget" on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.(Photo... UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 4: Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, speaks during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Examining the SEC's Agenda, Operations, and Budget" on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) MORE LESS

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is retiring from Congress once his term is up in 2018, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

“Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the U.S. Congress in 2018,” said in a statement. “Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned.”

Hensarling was elected to Congress in 2003 and represents the 5th district of Texas, which includes Dallas. He recently pushed for an overhaul of the federal flood insurance program after Hurricane Harvey caused massive destruction in parts of southeast Texas.

In the statement, Hensarling said he would continuing working on “housing finance reform, regulatory relief, cyber security and capital formation” and “especially pro-growth tax reform” during his last 14 months in Congress.

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