Eight-term US Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas) announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the 21st Republican to take such action. The move coincides with his term-limited tenure as the House Financial Services Committee chairman scheduled to expire at the end of the current term. Mr. Hensarling was in no political trouble, as he easily won seven re-election victories after his initial open seat win in 2002. The east Dallas-anchored seat is safely Republican, so the GOP should have little trouble holding it in an open election next year. With veteran Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano) also retiring, the Dallas metro area will feature two open seats during the 2018 voting cycle.
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