Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) announced that he would not run for re-election in 2020. Twelve members of the U.S. House—nine Republicans and three Democrats—have said they are not running for re-election in 2020. Democrats currently hold a 235-198 majority in the U.S. House with two seats vacant.
Conaway was first elected to represent Texas’ 11th Congressional District in 2004 and was last re-elected 2018 with more than 80 percent of the vote. Conaway led the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and previously served as the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee. He also served as a leader of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
He is the second Texas Republican to announce his retirement this cycle after Pete Olson from the 22nd District did so last week.
In 2018, 52 members of the U.S. House did not run for re-election, including 34 Republicans and 18 Democrats. Thirteen of those 52 districts changed party control. Ten seats flipped from Republican to Democrat and three seats flipped from Democrat to Republican.