US Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama (Richard Shelby, Republican, pictured) said on February 8 that he would not seek re-election in 2022.
US Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama (Republican) said on Monday (February 8) that he would not seek re-election in 2022.
Shelby is the fourth-ranked Republican senator in the Senate. He is 86 years old. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time as a Democrat in 1978, and was elected to the Senate for the first time in 1986. Shelby subsequently transferred to the party to become a Republican in 1994.
“Today I announced that I will not seek a seventh term of the Senate in 2022. There is a fixed number for everything.” Shelby said in a statement.
He said half-jokingly that he would still finish his current tenure with energy. “Although I plan to retire, I won’t leave my post today. I have two good years to continue working in Washington. I have the vision and energy to go all out.” He added.
Shelby has been in charge of the Senate, the core group including the Rules Committee and the Intelligence Committee. He is currently the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Shelby is the latest Republican senator to announce that he will not run for re-election. Prior to this, Senator Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, stated that they would retire after the end of their term; North Carolina State Republican Senator Richard Burr also said he would not run for re-election.
The Republicans have 20 Senate seats to run in the 2022 midterm elections, and the Democrats have 14.
Shelby is a supporter of former President Trump (Trump) in the Senate and supports Trump on matters such as capital injections for the US-Mexico border wall.
Shelby’s retirement decision will open a power vacuum for Alabama. The Hill reported that the vacancy left by Shelby is still an area where the Republican Party has an absolute advantage, but it will still cause fierce competition within the party.
The report also said that Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama was seen as a potential candidate.
Brooks told Rollcall on Monday that he is considering running for the state’s Senate. “I will participate in the 2022 election, whether it is a seat in the House of Representatives or a seat in the Alabama Senate,” he said.
In addition, other potential competitors include Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth, and U.S. Representatives Gary Palmer and Robert Adeho. (Robert Aderholt).
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