While nine standing committee chairman are not seeking re-election to the House this year, one who will is Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe (R-Johnson City), chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Mr. Roe had been on retirement watch because he originally promised to limit himself to ten years in office, which will occur at the end of the present term. Yesterday, the veteran lawmaker confirmed, however, that he will seek a sixth term and is in strong political position. His biggest threat would likely come from another Republican, similar to how he unseated then-Rep. David Davis back in the 2008 GOP primary. At this point only retired Army Sergeant and Iraq War veteran Todd McKinley is an announced primary challenger. The candidate filing deadline is April 5th for the August 2nd state primary.
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