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 ShimkusShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Shimkus says he's reconsidering retirement Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement 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 WaldenHouse panel advances flavored e-cigarette ban Microsoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches 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 GuthrieShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Hillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact House bill aims to secure telecom networks against foreign interference MORE (Ky.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Bipartisan group reveals agricultural worker immigration bill DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (Wash.) and Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Shimkus says he's reconsidering retirement Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement 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 TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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.”