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 PaulsenLawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game The 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall Minnesota New Members 2019 MORE (Minn.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor GOP rep will ‘probably’ support measure to back Paris climate pact MORE (Fla.) and Mike Bishop (Mich.). Roskam, Paulsen and Curbelo represent districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE won in 2016, while Bishop's district went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 ReichertYoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm Outgoing GOP rep says law enforcement, not Congress should conduct investigations MORE (Wash.) and Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsPompeo seen as top recruit for Kansas Senate seat Exiting lawmakers jockey for K Street perch GOP seeks to ram through Trump’s B wall demand MORE (Kan.) are retiring, and Reps. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota governor signs law to allow concealed handguns without a permit South Dakota legislature votes to allow concealed handguns without a permit GOP seeks to ram through Trump’s B wall demand MORE (S.D.), Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackLamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Juan Williams: The GOP's worsening problem with women How to reform the federal electric vehicle tax credit MORE (Tenn.) and Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciGOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, ‘investigation would have wrapped up very quickly’ House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci Sherrod Brown says he has 'no real timetable' for deciding on 2020 presidential run 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. WalorskiIndiana gets first national park While G-20 Summit was promising for US- China trade relations, Congress must still push for an exclusion process Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress MORE (Ind.), are projected to keep their seats, as has Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradySmaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive Key author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game MORE (Texas), who represents a deep red district.

Updated at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday