Breaking news today as Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) is announcing that he will not seek another term in 2018. From his press statement:
While I’m not running for re-election, my work in the 115th Congress is far from done. There is much that I hope we can accomplish in the next year, including: bolstering enforcement of our immigration laws and reforming the legal immigration system, simplifying the tax code in order to stimulate job growth and benefit families in the Sixth District, enacting criminal justice reform, repealing Obamacare, advancing protections of the freedoms and liberties enshrined in our Constitution, and, of course, continuing first-class constituent service for the citizens of the Sixth District. I look forward to working with the House Leadership, the Senate, and President Trump in bringing real conservative change to our country.
NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers comments as well:
Bob Goodlatte has been an integral member of Congress since he was first elected. From his Chairmanship of the House Committee on the Judiciary, to his work on Agriculture, he has been a dedicated representative to Virginia’s 6th District and to the rest of the country,” said NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers.
I applaud his dedication to fighting for our Constitutional freedoms, his work on immigration and criminal justice reform, and his unwavering desire to lower our health care costs. I wish him and his family the best of luck in their future endeavors.
RPV National Committee Chairwoman Cynthia Dunbar has already announced her intent to run in 2018. Potential heavy-hitters seriously considering bids are State Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Ben Cline. Delegate Todd Gilbert — who had been rumored to be considering such a bid if Goodlatte were to announce his retirement — is out of the contest according to staff reports.