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Shimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering

Shimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering
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Rep. John ShimkusJohn Mondy ShimkusAsbestos ban stalls in Congress amid partisan fight Women rise on K Street — slowly Bottom line MORE (R-Ill.) on Monday reaffirmed his intention to retire at the end of his term after saying last week he was reconsidering amid pressure from constituents and colleagues.

"I was asked by local Republicans, party leaders in Washington, DC, and a bipartisan group of rank and file House members to reconsider my retirement. I was honored by their outreach. In response to their lobbying, I promised to seriously consider the request, which I did last week in DC and this past weekend at home," Shimkus said in a statement.

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"After weighing the pros and cons, I have decided to reaffirm my plan to retire,” he added.

Shimkus, one of the top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced his retirement at the end of August, but admitted he was “reconsidering” last week, shortly after Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenEnsuring more Americans have access to 5G technology Race heats up for top GOP post on powerful Energy and Commerce Committee Asbestos ban stalls in Congress amid partisan fight MORE (R-Ore.), the committee’s ranking member, also announced his retirement.

Several of Shimkus’ fellow GOP committee members have also expressed interest in the top spot, including Reps. Bob Latta (Ohio), Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieEnsuring more Americans have access to 5G technology Vaccine development process is safe, claims of the contrary are baseless Ignore the misinformation: The FDA will ensure the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine MORE (Ky.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Race heats up for top GOP post on powerful Energy and Commerce Committee Hillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video MORE (Wash.) and Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessRace heats up for top GOP post on powerful Energy and Commerce Committee Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (Texas), according to the publication.

Since initially announcing his retirement, Shimkus also issued some of the most withering criticisms of any House Republican about President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, telling KMOX’s Mark Reardon, “I called my chief of staff in D.C., I said ‘pull my name off the "I support Donald Trump" list.’ We have just stabbed our allies in the back. The Kurds go back all the way to the first Gulf War.”