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GOP Rep. Martha Roby to retire

Rep. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyThe year of the Republican woman Barry Moore wins Alabama GOP runoff to replace Martha Roby The 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday 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 John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 MitchellHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect Most Republicans avoid challenging Trump on election MORE (Mich.) and Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonRepublican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade 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 BrooksHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year The year of the Republican woman The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory MORE (R-Ind.), the National Republican Congressional Committee recruitment chair, announced her retirement earlier this year.

-- Updated at 3:37 p.m.