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Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte Announces He Is Retiring

Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte Announces He Is Retiring”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., won't seek re-election in 2018.

In a letter to constituents, Goodlatte said "after much contemplation and prayer, we [he and wife Maryellen] decided it was the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the Sixth District".

With Goodlatte's tenure as chairman ending next year, Goodlatte called this a "natural stepping-off point" for his political career.

He was due to rotate out of his chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee at the end of this term.

Goodlatte, the most senior Republican in the Virginia congressional delegation, is known as a serious student of policy in Washington who keeps a close watch over state and local GOP politics. The 65-year-old congressman will retire from the House of Representatives after 26 years in office.

The latest stories and details on the 2017 Virginia general election and race for governor.

Goodlatte won re-election in 2016 with more than 66 percent of the vote, and President Donald Trump carried the district with almost 60 percent of the vote.



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