Tennessee Congressman Becomes the 22nd Republican to Announce Retirement

Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) announced his retirement on Friday morning, making him the 22nd Republican member of Congress who has announced their retirement during the 116th session of Congress.

In a statement released on Friday morning, Roe thanked his constituents for giving him the opportunity to represent him before adding, “As someone who practiced medicine for over 30 years, I said I would serve five or six terms because I never intended this job to be a second career. After prayerful consideration, I have decided to retire at the end of the 116th Congress.”

Roe was elected in 2008 and he will be finishing his sixth term before he retires. He was a powerful Republican and served as the ranking member on the Committee for Veteran’s Affairs.

In his statement, he praised bipartisanship writing, “I’m proud of the bipartisan successes.”They don’t always make the headlines, but they are critical to our nation’s future.”

Notably, Roe didn’t mention President Donald Trump until late in his statement, writing, “I look forward to finishing my term strongly for the East Tennesseans that I love representing and working with President Trump in favor of the free-market, conservative policies so many of us hold dear.”

There is no doubt that Trump has reshaped the power structure of the Republican side of Congress and that he’s rubbed more than a few Republican members of Congress the wrong way. There are now 22 Republican members who have announced that they are retiring after this session — that’s compared to only six Democrats who have announced retirement.

However, Roe’s district is a deep red district that Trump carried with 75% of the votes and there’s little chance that a Democrat will be able to flip the district, which lies in northeast Tennessee.

According to Roll Call, the average number of members of Congress to retire during an election cycle is only 23, meaning that this cycle has far surpassed the average.


  1. Republican Early Retirees – a Texodus:

    Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee – retiring
    Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas – retiring
    Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia – retiring
    Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming – retiring

    Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Pete Olson of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Will Hurd of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Bill Flores of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas – retiring
    Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan – retiring
    Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama – retiring
    Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah – retiring
    Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania – retiring
    Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia – retiring
    Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana – retiring
    Rep. Duncan Hunter of California – resigned
    Rep. Chris Collins of New York – resigned
    Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama – running for Senate
    Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin – retiring
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin – retiring
    Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana – running for Senate
    Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois – retiring
    Rep. Paul Cook of California – retiring
    Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida – retiring
    Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon – retiring
    Rep. Peter King of Washington D.C. – retiring
    Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida – retiring
    Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina – retiring
    Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee – retiring

    Democratic Early Retirees:

    Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico – retiring

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico – running for Senate
    Rep. Susan Davis of California – retiring
    Rep. José Serrano of New York – retiring
    Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa – retiring
    Rep. Nita Lowey of New York – retiring
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii – running for president
    Rep. Katie Hill of California – resigned
    Rep. Pete Visclosky of Indiana – retiring
    Rep. Denny Heck of Washington – retiring

  2. It’s best that the ones in Congress retire after 3 or 4 terms, leaving the seat to be filled by a younger Republican to do what’s right for this country. I believe the young ones running will uphold the Constitution and want America to keep their God given liberties. Would be great if all retired seats are filled by the Right, so the madness of the Left will hopefully end. We need many from “The Young Turks” to fill these positions.

    1. “We need many from “The Young Turks” to fill these positions.” Lorraine Kemer

      What? That is confusing considering the rest of your comment.

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