Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is the latest House Republican to announce he is retiring. Gowdy said he wouldn’t seek reelection on Wednesday. [USA Today / Deirdre Shesgreen]
Gowdy’s announcement sent shock waves throughout Washington; he’s the powerful House Oversight Committee chair who conducted investigations on Benghazi. The reason he’s leaving? He’s sick of politics. [Politico / Rachael Bade]
Gowdy is not the only one; Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), the chair of the Appropriations Committee, also announced this week that he’s retiring. [NJ.com / Brent Johnson and Jonathan D. Salant]
Republicans are leaving the House in droves: 21 Congress members have announced they’re leaving, while three senators have said the same. They’re leaving a lot of open seats in their wake, which presents a huge political opportunity for Democrats. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
As a matter of fact, House Republicans are leaving at a higher rate than we’ve seen in a decade. While many aren’t saying publicly that their frustrations with politics in the era of Trump are spurring their departures, it’s hard to ignore the coincidence. [FiveThirtyEight / Nathaniel Rakich]
Dozens of congressional Republicans are announcing retirement; another boat carrying migrants from the Middle East capsizes in the Mediterranean.