Bob Goodlatte Not Running for Re-election

By on November 11, 2017

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election next year, making him the latest in a line of notable GOP retirees this year.

According to a statement he released, a number of factors contributed to his decision to step down, including his term as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee coming to an end.

“After much contemplation and prayer, we decided it was the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the Sixth District. I will not seek re-election. With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters.”

It doesn’t necessarily come as a shock that Goodlatte would walk away now, especially since he would lose some measure of influence by no longer being the Judiciary chairman. His district has been a GOP stronghold in the past, but with the recent tide of Democratic wins in Virginia, replacing him with a Republican may not be a total lock.

As the party veers more toward Trumpism, longtime GOP stalwarts now find themselves on the outside looking in. Many say they barely recognize the party they once knew, which is what has prompted a number of them to retire rather than face the prospect of having to embrace Trump’s agenda to get support from the Republican National Committee.

It will be important to see who the GOP taps to fill his role as Judiciary chairman should they maintain their majority after the 2018 midterms. Any impeachment proceedings against the President would have to begin in that committee, so it’s likely that House Speaker Paul Ryan will put someone in the post who is averse to taking such action.