More than a dozen House Republicans have now announced their intentions to retire after the current congressional term.
The latest to reveal he will not be seeking re-election is Indiana Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, who said Wednesday that he’s sticking to his pledge to limit himself to four terms in the lower chamber, according to Fox News.
Hollingsworth is now the 13th House Republican to announce his retirement from the lower chamber, Fox reports.
“We need strong term limits”
The congressman’s announcement came in an op-ed published by the Indianapolis Star. In it, Hollingsworth said his congressional seat belongs to the people of Indiana’s 9th District — not himself or the Republican Party.
“I took a pledge to limit my own terms to four because of this very idea: to remind me to focus on the people and that serving the public wasn’t intended to be a career by our founders,” he wrote, linking to his pledge to adhere to term limits on his campaign website.
Hollingsworth also said lawmakers who use “their office to catapult themselves to another office, to a Committee assignment, or to a high-paying lobbying job” are “misaligned.”
“Elected officials represent electorates,” he stressed in his op-ed for the IndyStar. “I believe we need strong term limits. I hope Congress passes strict lobbying bans. We need to compel our representatives to work to better their constituents rather than better themselves or their careers.”
No career politician
Hollingworth declared that he wants to “be the change I want to see in this world, so, as I contemplate how I can work for you in new and better ways in the future, I won’t run for reelection this year.”
“You deserve a Member of Congress totally and completely focused on the 9th District, and, though I have remained committed to that promise these three terms, now I will fight for you and us in different ways,” he told his constituents.
The now-outgoing congressman concluded: “I ran for Congress to return this government to the people from the career politicians who had broken it, and I will be damned if I become one in the process.”
According to Axios — which is tracking the number of House members from both parties who will be hitting the exits after this term ends — there are now more than two dozen Democrats and more than a dozen Republicans, including Hollingsworth, who are calling their careers in the lower chamber quits after this year.
Republican Rep. John Katko (NY) announced his own retirement on Friday, bringing the official tally up to 14 for the GOP.