Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas), the current Ranking Member (and former Chairman) of the House Armed Services Committee, has announced that he is retiring after 25 years.
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of the 13th District of Texas as their congressman for the last 25 years,” Thornberry said in a statement. “They have given me opportunities to serve the nation in ways I could have never imagined, including as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
“We are reminded, however, that ‘for everything there is a season,’ and I believe that the time has come for a change,” he continued. “Therefore, this is my last term in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Thornberry’s term ends in January 2021.
“With over a year to go, I will continue to represent the people of the 13th District to the best of my ability,” Thornberry said. “Our nation faces many difficult challenges, and none of us can relax our efforts to meet and overcome them, whether at home or around the world.”
Thornberry is the sixth Texas Republican to announce retirement.