GOP Rep. Martha Roby to retire

Rep. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyBarry Moore wins Alabama GOP runoff to replace Martha Roby The 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday Collins Senate bid sets off game of musical chairs for GOP 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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 MitchellLisa McClain wins Michigan GOP primary in race to replace Rep. Paul Mitchell House GOP pushes back at Trump on changing election date House Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases in a year MORE (Mich.) and Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonTroy Nehls wins GOP primary in competitive Texas House district 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch China must be held accountable for its egregious actions against Hong Kong 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 BrooksCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz to face off in House race in Indiana Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries MORE (R-Ind.), the National Republican Congressional Committee recruitment chair, announced her retirement earlier this year.

-- Updated at 3:37 p.m.