Rep. Mark Green Not Running for Re-election

Rep. Mark Green Not Running for Re-election

( – Republicans in the House of Representatives tried twice to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The first run failed as a few GOP House members joined Democrats to vote against the controversial measure. The second vote, however, succeeded. Afterward, one key figure in the impeachment case decided his time in Congress was over.

On February 14, Representative Mark Green (R-TN), who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced he would not run for re-election in the Lower Chamber. In his announcement, the representative said he “promised [his] constituents” he would hold the secretary accountable and “pass legislation to secure our borders.” Mayorkas has been impeached, but the bipartisan legislation to address the border situation died in the Senate.

Although the bipartisan legislation didn’t make it to the House, Green stated it was “dead on arrival” anyway. Instead, the House “put forward legislative solutions” in the form of the Secure the Border Act (HR2). That bill passed in May 2023 by a vote of 219 to 213. The legislation has not traveled to the Senate.

Green said the Framers intended for lawmakers to “serve for a season and then return home,” so that is what he intends to do. The Tennessee legislator said the US and Congress “[are] broken beyond most means of repair,” and he wants to serve the United States in a different way than by continuing as a lawmaker. He then thanked his wife and family for supporting him throughout his congressional career and his staff for their dedication while also relaying his gratitude to the voters who put him in his current position.

Green currently holds the seat for District 7, which encompasses the west side of Nashville. Although it’s hard to say who will replace him in the House, Green easily won his election in 2022 with about 60% of the vote.

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