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Texas May Swap US House Seniority for Staunch Conservatism

Posted/updated on: November 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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AUSTIN (AP) — Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party’s leadership on Capitol Hill. Sam Johnson, an 87-year-old Vietnam veteran and member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced in January he was retiring next year. Now, fellow Texans Jeb Hensarling, 60, who chairs the influential House Financial Services Committee; Lamar Smith, 69, who heads the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and long-serving 69-year-old Ted Poe all aren’t seeking re-election. They join two Democratic House members from Texas, Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, who is giving up his seat to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz; and Houston’s Gene Green, who announced Monday he wouldn’t seek re-election to a seat he first won in 1992.


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