Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2020, according to multiple reports.
Roe is entering the last year of his sixth term as the representative for East Tennessee. He was selected as Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in 2017, and became Ranking Member in 2019 after Democrats took control of the House.
“Serving East Tennesseans these past 11 years has been the honor of my life, and I will be forever grateful for the trust my friends and neighbors put in me to represent them,” Roe said in a statement. “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 served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea before he was discharged as a major in 1974.
“I was proud to author the MISSION Act – a transformative piece of legislation to ensure veterans have the ability to receive the best possible care now, and in the future – and the Forever GI Bill – to ensure veterans never lose access to the education benefits they have earned,” he added. “I’ll leave Congress at the end of the year knowing that our nation’s heroes are better served today because of our work.”