The wave of GOP senators leaving Congress continued to grow on Monday after Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), a member of GOP leadership, announced that he won’t run for reelection in 2022.
The news marks the latest high-profile retirement for Senate Republicans. He’s the fifth Senate Republican quitting congress after the tumultuous Trump presidency.
“After 14 General Election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in a video before adding that he will finish out his current term, which runs through 2022.
Republican Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Richard Burr (R-NC) have all announced that they will retire at the end of their current term.
Thank you, Missourians, for the opportunity to work for you and a better future for our state and our country. pic.twitter.com/1GjX74zhZB
— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) March 8, 2021