These GOP senators aren't seeking reelection in 2022

The battle for the Senate is heating up as Republicans look to win back the majority in next year's midterm elections.

Several GOP senators have already said they won't seek reelection in 2022, with Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP Biden outreach on infrastructure met with Republican skepticism MORE (Mo.) becoming the latest with his announcement Monday.

The retirements are likely to pose some challenges for Republicans as Democrats eye pick-up opportunities in battleground states.


Here are the Senate Republicans who have announced they won't run again.

Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)

Blunt announced Monday that he would not seek reelection.

“After 14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” he said.

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFormer Gov. Pat McCrory enters GOP Senate race in North Carolina Lara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid MORE (N.C.)

Burr said when he was running for reelection in 2016 that his next term would be his last in the Senate.


"We can showcase all the work we have done for North Carolina families in the United States Senate in stark contrast with Deborah Ross who defended countless radical and out of touch ACLU policies," Burr said in 2016, referring to his Democratic opponent at the time.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council Biden outreach on infrastructure met with Republican skepticism MORE (Ohio)

Portman announced Jan. 25 that he would not seek a third term as senator.

“I decided to make my announcement now because I have made up my mind. Over the next two years, I look forward to being able to focus all my energy on legislation and the challenges our country faces rather than on fundraising and campaigning,” he said.

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Senate GOP opens door to earmarks Five takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal MORE (Ala.)

Shelby, who was first elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 1986, said Feb. 8 that he would not run for reelection in 2022.

“Although I plan to retire, I am not leaving today," he said. "I have two good years remaining to continue my work in Washington. I have the vision and the energy to give it my all.”

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.)

Toomey announced Oct. 5 that he will retire from the Senate after the 2022 midterm elections. He also ruled out a run for governor of Pennsylvania.

“I will not be running for reelection in 2022 and I will not be running for governor," he said. "I will serve out the remainder of my term for a little over two years that are left to the current term, and after that my plan is to go back to the private sector.”