Veteran Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he will not seek re-election next year. Mr. Goodlatte’s term as the panel’s chairman will also expire at the end of this Congress. He was first elected in 1992 and has had little in the way of challenges from his safely Republican western Virginia district. In addition to chairing the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Goodlatte previously led the House Agriculture Committee. He becomes the 34th regular cycle member and 24th Republican to retire from the House when the current term ends, with one more (PA-18; former Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pittsburgh)) in special election mode to be filled on March 13th.
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