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Another Texas congressman planning to retire

Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantRepublican Van Duyne wins race for Texas House seat Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority 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 HurdHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities MORE, Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayBottom line House Republican introduces amendment to include farm aid in stopgap funding bill Live coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing MORE 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. 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 TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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.