Another House GOPer Announced His Retirement On Wednesday: Sensenbrenner

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
September 5, 2019 7:55 a.m.

Just hours after Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) announced he won’t seek reelection on Wednesday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) did the same.

In a statement on Wednesday, the lawmaker — who is currently the second-longest serving member of the House — Sensenbrenner said he knew it was time to call it quits.

“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back,” Sensenbrenner said, mentioning when he was elected to the Wisconsin state legislature. “After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time.”

Sensenbrenner is the second Wisconsin Republican and the 13th House GOPer to call it quits heading into the 2020 election. As Politico noted, the longtime lawmaker has never won less than 60 percent of the vote in his heavily Republican district that encompasses the Milwaukee, Wisconsin and surrounding area.

While the number of House Republican retirements appears to be escalating in recent weeks, the majority of those exits are in reliably red districts.

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