Top Republican Won’t Run for US Senate Reelection

Top Republican Won't Run for US Senate

( – One of the goals of the GOP is to take back their majorities in Congress during the 2022 election. However, a recent wave of retirements (and lawmakers thinking about retiring) might make that dicey. Recently, another lawmaker added his name to the list.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced his retirement in a two-minute video posted on his Twitter account on Monday, March 8. He explained that he strove to do his best in all his roles working on behalf of Missourians.

Blunt said that after serving three county office terms, seven to the US House of Representatives, and four in the US Senate, he wouldn’t seek reelection. The senator concluded his remarks thanking his family, staff, and the people of Missouri who allowed him to work to provide a better future for all Americans.

As many as seven Republican senators could be retiring from office at the end of their current terms. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) all announced their upcoming retirements. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he would decide later this year whether to run again. He’s currently 87 years old. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is reportedly thinking about retiring as well.

Republicans need to pick up at least one Senate seat in 2022 to regain control of the chamber. With as many as seven Republicans likely to retire soon, that could be difficult.

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