Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) announces 2020 retirement from U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) announced on January 3, 2020, that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. House. He 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.”

Roe was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District in 2008. He was the 26th Republican member of the U.S. House to announce he would not seek re-election in 2020. Nine Democratic representatives have announced they will not seek re-election.

In the 2018 election cycle, 52 members of the U.S. House—34 Republicans and 18 Democrats—did not seek re-election.

Currently, Democrats hold a 232-198 majority in the U.S. House with one independent member of the chamber. In November 2020, all 435 seats will be up for election.

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Additional Reading:
List of U.S. Congress incumbents who are not running for re-election in 2020
United States House of Representatives elections, 2020