Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress

Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress
© Greg Nash

Many of the House Republicans who were on the powerful Ways and Means Committee when the GOP passed its tax-cut law last year will not be returning to Congress in 2019.

Half of the 24 Republicans who served in 2017 on the Ways and Means panel — which has jurisdiction over health and trade issues in addition to taxes — will not be back in the House next year, according to election results as of 10 a.m. Wednesday

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Four GOP members of the committee are projected to lose their races: Reps. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamIllinois New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses MORE (Ill.), Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenMinnesota New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president On The Money: Trump says he won't give up tax returns | Likely Dem chair vows to subpoena | Stocks rally on Dem House takeover | Tough midterm for many GOP tax writers MORE (Minn.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloFlorida New Members 2019 3 ways House Dems can fight climate change when sweeping policy is off the table Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president MORE (Fla.) and Mike Bishop (Mich.). Roskam, Paulsen and Curbelo represent districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWatergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' Senate Homeland Security chairman requests briefing on Ivanka Trump emails House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ’s probe of Clinton Foundation MORE won in 2016, while Bishop's district went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: WHCA picking non-comedian for headliner a 'good first step' Five takeaways from Mississippi's Senate debate Watergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' MORE by single digits.

Roskam was chairman of the Ways and Means tax-policy subcommittee in 2017 and is currently chairman of the health subcommittee, and Paulsen leads the Joint Economic Committee. Both represent affluent suburban districts where many residents claim the state and local tax deduction, which was limited under the tax law.

Eight other Republicans who served on Ways and Means during the 2017 tax debate did not seek reelection to the House.

Reps. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonTexas New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress May brings key primaries across nation MORE (Texas), Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertWashington New Members 2019 How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms Election Countdown: Recount prospects grow in Florida | Abrams team to sue over absentee ballots | Dem wins pivotal Georgia House seat | A look at the uncalled races | Corporations spend big to beat ballot measures MORE (Wash.) and Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsKansas New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Bloomberg quietly spends millions in TV ads MORE (Kan.) are retiring, and Reps. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemGovernors helping governors South Dakota New Members 2019 The Hill's Morning Report — Split decision: Dems take House, GOP retains Senate majority MORE (S.D.), Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackTennessee New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Blackburn keeps Tennessee seat in GOP hands  MORE (Tenn.) and Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciSherrod Brown says he has 'no real timetable' for deciding on 2020 presidential run Ohio New Members 2019 Trump: Candidates that did not embrace me can 'say goodbye' MORE (Ohio) ran for other offices. Former Reps. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiOhio New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress GOP Rep. Balderson holds onto seat in Ohio MORE (Ohio) and Pat MeehanPatrick (Pat) Leo MeehanMany authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania US athletics watchdog closes probe into GOP House hopeful MORE (Pa.) served on the committee last year but left Congress earlier in 2018.

Some Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee in competitive races, including Reps. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.) and Jackie WalorskiJacqueline (Jackie) R. WalorskiMany authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Election Countdown: One week from midterms, House battlefield expands Dems seek to expand House fight one week before midterms MORE (Ind.), are projected to keep their seats, as has Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyKoch groups: Congress shouldn't renew expired tax breaks GOP lawmaker pushes back on Trump drug pricing proposal Tax law failed to save GOP majority MORE (Texas), who represents a deep red district.

Updated at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday