Several Republican senators, including Alabama’s Richard Shelby, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, have declared that they will not seek reelection in 2022. Another popular Republican senator has announced that he will not seek re-election in the coming year.
Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership and the top Republican on the Senate Rules Committee, announced his decision not to seek reelection in a video released on Monday. According to The Daily Caller, he has been in the Senate since 2010.
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“I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year after 14 general election wins, three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections,” Blunt said in the video. “I’ve tried to do my best in every job Missourians have given me. I’m sure I didn’t get it right every time in nearly 12,000 votes in Congress, but you have to make decisions based on the facts you have at the time.”
“Senator Blunt was overwhelmingly elected to the United States House of Representatives seven times by the citizens of Southwest Missouri. Senator Blunt was elected Majority Whip earlier in his career than any other member of Congress in the last eight decades, and he was elected to Senate leadership within his first year in the Senate,” according to Blunt’s Senate website biography.
According to The Hill, Blunt, 71, has confirmed that he will serve out his current term. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) have yet to say whether they will seek reelection, making him the fifth Republican senator to declare his retirement at the end of his current term.
Grassley, 87, has said he would decide in the fall, although Johnson said last week that leaving office after 2022 is “probably my choice now.” Johnson previously stated that he will only seek two terms in office, and this is his second.