GOP Rep. Martha Roby to retire

Rep. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyLobbying world House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit The year of the Republican woman MORE (R-Ala.) announced Friday she plans to retire at the end of her term, becoming the third Republican lawmaker to announce their retirement this week.
 
“While my name will not be on the ballot in 2020, I remain committed to continuing the fight for Alabama and the people I represent until I cast my last vote on the floor of the United States House of Representatives,” she said in a statement.
 
“As we prepare to close this wonderful chapter, I extend my sincerest thanks to my husband, our children, our parents, families, friends, congressional colleagues, and staff, who all made our important work possible and offered their support every step of the way.”
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Roby was first elected in 2010 to serve Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, traditionally a Republican stronghold. 

The Alabama Republican was one of the first to retract her endorsement of now-President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE during the 2016 election after his controversial remarks on a leaked Access Hollywood tape became public.

Despite her rebuke of Trump during his presidential bid, he ultimately endorsed Roby in her primary runoff against candidate Bobby Bright in 2018. 

She is the third GOP lawmaker to announce their retirement this week, joining Reps. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellSeven takeaways from California's recall election Opposition to California recall widens in new poll CNN posthumously airs final interview with late Rep. Paul Mitchell MORE (Mich.) and Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Republican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night MORE (Texas). 

Roby is one of 13 Republican women in the House, meaning the announcement comes as a blow to the GOP and the party's efforts to elect more women.

Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE (R-Ind.), the National Republican Congressional Committee recruitment chair, announced her retirement earlier this year.

-- Updated at 3:37 p.m.