Bishop confirms departure from Congress

Bishop confirms departure from Congress
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GOP Rep. Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopOVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower cites Trump tweets as impetus for California emissions probe | Democrats set July vote for major conservation bill, blaming Republicans for delay | Trump vows crackdown on monument vandalism Democrats set July vote for major conservation bill, blaming Republicans for delay Natural Resources Democrats again rebuff Republican complaints about virtual meetings MORE (Utah) on Monday confirmed that he will not seek another term in the House, the Deseret News reported.

Bishop, who serves as the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, was first elected to the lower chamber in 2002.

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The Deseret News noted that Bishop said in 2012 that he would not seek reelection once he could no longer serve in a committee leadership position.

He said earlier this month, however, that he was considering another run, the newspaper added.

The Utah Republican, who is the state’s longest serving member in the lower chamber, hasn’t ruled out a gubernatorial bid if the circumstances are right.

“I am not going to run for governor because I am bored or want a job," Bishop, 68, told the Deseret News.

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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) expressed confidence that the GOP will retain Bishop's seat in 2020.

“This seat is an R+26,” NRCC spokesman Chris Pack said in a statement.

This breaking news report was last updated at 2:59 p.m.