Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger announces bid for powerful House committee

Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger announces bid for powerful House committee

Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger announces bid for powerful House committee

While the current Texas delegation holds seven committee chairmanships, the gavels will begin phasing out next term due to term limits. "Public service is an incredible way to turn your convictions into something that serves the greater good and to do it alongside people from every walk of life and background".

"I feel a whole lot more independent as House Financial Services chairman that I ever felt as conference chair", Hensarling said. Still, in his first term leading the appropriations committee, he was entitled to four more years as one of the most powerful "cardinals", the term for the influential chairmen who oversee government spending. Frelinghuysen won his election in 2016 by more than 20 points, but people have viewed him as vulnerable going into the midterms.

Frelinghuysen's district includes much of Morris County, but also portions of Sussex, Essex and Passaic counties.

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The Republican from northern New Jersey was a Democrat target in 2018 for the first time in years.

We can't really blame him for announcing his retirement Monday.

"The congressman has had an awesome 40-year career of service to his state and country", Steinhardt told the New Jersey Herald on Monday. Frelinghuysen doesn't come from a deep red district, either.

"This district has been held by a Republican since the 1980's, and we plan to keep it that way in November", National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement Monday morning.

Frelinghuysen becomes yet another high profile Republican to give up on a tough reelection bid.

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"This retirement is not surprising and is further validation that force-ripening the primary process in this race is not a sound strategy", Harris said.

Thanking Frelinghuysen for his service, Cobert said public voices had been heard.

After getting snubbed by the Trump administration, Amtrak's $13 billion Gateway tunnel is losing one if its chief backers in Congress too.

Rodney Frelinghuysen, 71, practically grew up in Washington because his father, Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen Jr., served 11 terms in the House, from 1953 to 1975.

The 12-term Republican has also been critical of some of Trump's policies, including his proposal to ban some people from Muslim countries from coming into the U.S. But he had still largely voted in line with the president and his party, spurring protests in his district from activists after he supported a bill previous year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That may be another factor in Frelinghuysen's retirement. "This is exactly what democracy looks like".

The New Jersey Sierra Club criticized Frelinghuysen for backing Trump cutbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency, and for not vigorously pursuing cleanups of New Jersey Superfund sites.

"Frelinghuysen has sold out the environment and his people", Tittel said in a statement on Monday. "We said if leadership of both parties would get the heck out of the way, we could get something done".

"We will endorse a candidate that makes environmental protection one of their major issues".

Many politicos and Congressional watchers see Frelinghuysen's retirement - and the slew of retirements to which he adds - as a sign of a coming blue wave.

A 12-term incumbent from Harding Township, Frelinghuysen is part of a family that can trace its roots in Congress back to the founding of the United States.

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