Another Texas congressman planning to retire

Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Texas faces turbulent political moment Democratic Party official: Texas is 'biggest battleground state in the country' MORE (R-Texas) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection, making him the fourth GOP lawmaker from Texas to retire in the last few weeks.

Marchant sent a statement out Monday morning thanking his constituents, family and fellow lawmakers. 

"It is time for me to announce that I will not seek another term as Congressman from the 24th District of Texas," Marchant said. "I am looking forward to finishing out my term and then returning to Texas to start a new chapter."

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Marchant, 68, was elected to Congress in 2004 and later became a founding member of the House Tea Party Caucus. He previously served in the Texas state House for nine terms.

He said he is excited to return to Texas full-time following the end of his term.

"I want to thank the constituents of the 24th District of Texas for letting me serve and I look forward to being back in Texas full time," Marchant said.

Marchant’s retirement follows those of other Texas GOP Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdRepublicans offer support for Steve King challenger House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The 9 House Republicans who support background checks MORE, Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayTexas faces turbulent political moment Democratic Party official: Texas is 'biggest battleground state in the country' Another Texas congressman planning to retire MORE and Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonTexas faces turbulent political moment Another Texas congressman planning to retire Hurd retirement leaves GOP gloomy on 2020 MORE. Hurd is the only black Republican currently serving in the House.

Democrats think they can make some gains in these districts and add to their majority in the House.

While Marchant’s district used to be reliably red, he won reelection by just 3 points in 2018. President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE won Marchant's district in 2016 by six points.

Marchant brings the number of House Republicans now planning to retire or seek another office next year to 11.

Updated at 8:38 a.m.