Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, announced Tuesday night that he is retiring and will not seek re-election in 2018.
“I am grateful for the honor and privilege to represent the best people in America, Texas’s Second Congressional District,” Poe said in a statement Tuesday. “Thanks to the good Lord, I’m in good health, but it’s time for the next step.”
“I am looking forward to spending more time in Texas, especially with my 12 grandkids who have all been born since I was first elected to Congress,” he added. “I am proud of the work that my office has accomplished: giving crime victims a voice, helping to combat human trafficking, and fighting for our constitutional rights and individual liberty.”
Poe joins other Republican members of Congress who will not be running in the 2018 election. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., announced earlier on Tuesday he would not be running in 2018. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, announced last week they would retire.
Additionally, Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., will not be seeking re-election.
Poe was first elected to Congress in 2004 and has served seven terms in Congress.