In at least a semi-expected political move, veteran Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis), a former Energy & Commerce Committee chairman who has recently come under attack when his nude picture taken during a previous consensual sexual relationship surfaced on Twitter, announced yesterday through social media that he will not seek re-election next year. Mr. Barton had already filed to run in 2018, but will now withdraw his paperwork prior to Texas’ December 11th filing deadline. We expect to see several Republicans come forward to run in what will be the first open seat 6th District contest since 1984. Mr. Barton will retire after serving 34 years in the House when the current congressional session ends. The 6th District performs as a safe Republican seat occupying the Arlington area of Tarrant County and continuing southeast through Ellis and Navarro Counties.
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