Texas Rep. Sam Johnson to retire

Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonMay brings key primaries across nation Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Watchdog: Social Security acting head hasn't been authorized to serve for months MORE (R-Texas) will retire at the end of next year after serving in the House since 1991, he announced Friday.

“After much prayer, I have decided I will not seek re-election to serve the Third District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. This will be my final term in the appropriately named ‘People’s House,’ ” Johnson wrote in a message to supporters.

Johnson’s departure will open up a spot on the influential tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, where he chairs a subcommittee overseeing Social Security.


Johnson, 86, served in the Korean and Vietnam wars as a member of the Air Force. He spent seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, including more than three years in solitary confinement.

His northern Texas district is safely Republican, meaning whoever wins the GOP primary will be shoo-in to succeed him.