Since President Donald Trump took office, several Republican lawmakers have announced their upcoming – and sometimes early – retirement.
This week, Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), a top Republican Congressman, became the latest to resign his seat in the House. The New York Timescited frustration with the lack of progress in the legislature as a possible reason for his upcoming departure.
“It is with a humble and thankful heart that I announce I will not be seeking reelection,” Tiberi said on Wednesday. “While I have not yet determined a final resignation date, I will be leaving Congress by Jan. 31, 2018.”
An early departure would necessitate a special election to fill his chair, but as his district is largely Republican and pro-Trump, the party isn’t worried about losing the seat in the House entirely.
Who Is Pat Tiberi?
Tiberi, who is 54, has served in Congress since 2001. He was a confidantand ally of former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
The lawmaker is also known for his fundraising abilities: he had more than $6.6 million in his reelection campaign fund as of October. Tiberi used his fundraising abilities to help campaign for the Ways and Means Committee chair, but the previous chair, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), controlled five of the votes, and the role went to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
Despite losing the chair position, Tiberi maintained a spot as a senior member of the committee.
In response to Tiberi’s upcoming departure, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said he is “happy for [his] friend, but Congress will be a poorer place without him.”
This is a harder life in terms of being away from home and putting up with the pace and the public battering that one sometimes must endure.
And no raises in a decade is hard on many members with families.
Tiberi reportedly plans to take on an executive role at the Ohio Business Consortium upon his departure from Congress, a business group which recently advertised that it was in need of a president.
Resignation and Retirement: A Growing Trend?
Tiberi is hardly the first GOP member of Congress to step down since Trump was elected. While Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) resigned due to a sex and abortion scandal, other lawmakers have cited issues in the new administration.
Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.), a junior representative, left while expressing“disgust at the state of play in Washington.” Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) also announced an early retirement.
Further, Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) have also all resigned after “[voicing] exasperation with dysfunction in Washington and their party’s inability to deliver major legislative victories,” such as the replacement of Obamacare.
It seems it isn’t just everyday Americans that are frustrated with the gridlocked state of the legislature: members of Congress are upset, too — and some, like Tiberi, don’t want to be part of it anymore.