To the shock of some, House speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced his decision on Wednesday to step down from Congress and not seek reelection. Before his announcement, 26 other Republicans had already retired or announced their resignations. Now, another one is following their massive lead.
Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL) announced his decision on Wednesday to retire at the end of the year. Ross made a statement saying:
‘After thoughtful prayer and consideration, my wife Cindy and I decided that I will not seek re-election for a fifth-term in office.’
He went on to say:
‘I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve and I look forward to the next chapter of my life which will include, in some way, continued public service.’
Ross intends to return to practicing law and said he will pursue “opportunities to increase civic education for our youth, and young adults, and with that encourage more engagement and participation of future generations in government.”
Ross’ seat was not on the Cook Political Report list of most vulnerable House seats. Although Republicans are still likely to win his seat, Democrats could make a run in the 15th District considering all of the enthusiasm.
Ross had been a member of the House since 2010 and served on the House Financial Services Committee.
It will interesting to see which Republican leader drops next. Democrats may be poised for a full takeover in 2018 considering all of the detriment that Trump and the GOP have caused since he has been in office.
Featured Image by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images