One of the more automatic seats in the House will have new blood in it come 2021.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) has announced he will be retiring at the end of his current term in 2020.
15 Years of Service
Conaway is in the midst of serving out his 8th term in the House. During that time, he has quietly become one of the more powerful Republicans in office.
While you may not see his name in the headlines much, Conaway is the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee.
He is also the man that took over the House Intelligence Committee probe into Russian interference when Rep. Devin Nunes stepped aside.
At the time, Nunes was caught up in an ethics investigation.
The Republican Wave
Conaway is one of two Texans to have recently announced retirement. Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has also stated he will be retiring. While Conaway’s seat is expected to be won by another Republican, Olson’s seat could be far more contentious.
Additionally, three other Republicans have announced they are stepping down at the end of this term, leaving Republicans wondering why there is a mass exodus going on in the party right now.
Many of the people leaving office are long-time officeholders, some with loyalties to the Bush family, as is the case with Conaway.
While Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) is expected to make a run at the governorship, rumors are starting to circulate that many of these establishment Republicans simply want no part of Donald Trump or the new perceived direction of the party.
The racist narrative being perpetrated by the media is no doubt taking its toll and causing second thoughts for many of these representatives.
This will present a challenge, as Republicans can ill afford to let Democrats take a supermajority in the House as well as possibly losing the Senate.