Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantTexas House Democrat who fled state announces congressional bid Republican Van Duyne wins race for Texas House seat Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats 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."
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 HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE, Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm If Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE and Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Republican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night 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 TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups 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.