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Congressional retirements start to pile up


Just how many members of Congress are retiring this cycle? If you check with various news organizations, you’re likely to get a variety of answers, and that’s because this is a little more complicated than it probably should be.

The trick of it is figuring out exactly what counts as a “retirement.” Do we count the House members who gave up their seats to join Donald Trump’s cabinet? How about those who’ve already been replaced by way of a special election? Do resignations count? What do we do with Oklahoma’s Jim Bridenstine, who was nominated to run NASA, but who’s still casting votes in the House, and who may not be confirmed?

I’ve maintained my own list for several months, and with today’s congressional retirement announcements, it seemed like a good time to take a look at the landscape as I see it:

Total # of House retirements: 57 (38 Republicans and 19 Democrats, including John Conyers and Louise Slaughter)
Total # of House retirements with members running for higher office: 21 of the 57 (13 Republicans and 8 Democrats)
Total # of House retirements with members leaving elected office altogether: 36 of the 57 (25 Republicans and 11 Dems including Conyers and Slaughter)
Total # of Senate retirements: 5 (4 Republicans and 1 Democrat, including Al Franken and Thad Cochran)

House Republicans retiring from elected office (25):
California 39: Ed Royce
California 49: Darrell Issa
Florida 15: Dennis Ross
Florida 17: Tom Rooney
Florida 27: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Kansas 2: Lynn Jenkins
Michigan 11: Dave Trott
Mississippi 3: Gregg Harper
New Jersey 2: Frank LoBiondo
New Jersey 11: Rodney Frelinghuysen
Pennsylvania 15: Charlie Dent
Pennsylvania 9: Bill Shuster
Pennsylvania 7: Pat Meehan
Pennsylvania 8: Ryan Costello
South Carolina 4: Trey Gowdy
Tennessee 2: Jimmy Duncan
Texas 2: Ted Poe
Texas 3: Sam Johnson
Texas 5: Jeb Hensarling
Texas 21: Lamar Smith
Texas 6: Joe Barton
Texas 27: Blake Farenthold
Virginia 6: Bob Goodlatte
Washington 8: Dave Reichert
Wisconsin 1: Paul Ryan

House Republicans retiring to seek higher office (13):
Arizona 2: Martha McSally (running for Senate)
Florida 6: Ron DeSantis (running for governor)
Idaho 1: Raúl Labrador (running for governor)
Indiana 4: Todd Rokita (running for Senate)
Indiana 6: Luke Messer (running for Senate)
New Mexico 2: Steve Pearce (running for governor)
North Dakota AL: Kevin Cramer (running for Senate)
Ohio 16: Jim Renacci (running for governor)
Pennsylvania 11: Lou Barletta (running for Senate)
South Dakota at-large: Kristi Noem (running for governor)
Tennessee 6: Diane Black (running for governor)
Tennessee 7: Marsha Blackburn (running for Senate)
West Virginia 3: Evan Jenkins (running for Senate)

House Republicans who’ve already resigned before the midterms (5), not including those who’ve joined the Trump cabinet:
Arizona 8: Trent Franks
Ohio 12: Pat Tiberi
Pennsylvania 18: Tim Murphy
Utah 3: Jason Chaffetz
Texas 27: Blake Farenthold

House Republicans awaiting Senate confirmation votes for executive branch (1):
Oklahoma 1: Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator nominee

House Democrats retiring and leaving politics (10):
Connecticut 5: Elizabeth Esty
Illinois 4: Luis Gutierrez
Massachusetts 3: Niki Tsongas
Michigan 9: Sandy Levin
Minnesota 8: Rick Nolan
Nevada 4: Ruben Kihuen
New Hampshire 1: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
New York 25: Louis Slaughter (who passed away in March)
Pennsylvania 1: Bob Brady
Texas 26: Gene Green

House Democrats retiring to seek higher office (8):
Arizona 9: Kyrsten Sinema (running for Senate)
Colorado 2: Jared Polis (running for governor)
Hawaii 1: Colleen Hanabusa (running for governor)
Maryland 6: John Delaney (running for president)
New Mexico 1: Michelle Lujan Grisham (running for governor)
Minnesota 1: Tim Walz (running for governor)
Nevada 3: Jacky Rosen (running for Senate)
Texas 16: Beto O’Rourke (running for Senate)

House Democrats who’ve already resigned before the midterms (1):
Michigan 13: John Conyers

Senate Republicans retiring or resigning (4):
Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)

Senate Democrats retiring or resigning (1):
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)