The GOP is gearing up to take back majority control of one or both chambers of Congress in the 2022 midterms, but a number of familiar faces have recently announced their retirement, which is cause for concern for the party, causing some level of concern for the party.
According to Fox News, 71-year-old Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) dropped the bombshell announcement on Monday that he’s joining the ranks of retiring Republicans, saying “I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year.”
The Missouri senator, a member of Republican Senate leadership, made the announcement in a video to his supporters, recounting an impressive number of election victories over the years before announcing his retirement.
“After 14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in the video, adding that he would finish out the remainder of his current term in the 117th Congress.
With the current makeup of the upper chamber split in a 50-50 tie between Democrats and Republicans, retirements from the party are exactly ideal at this point, but in many cases, are understandable. Most of those retiring are seasoned, veteran politicians who are reaching age levels where many people throw in the towel in order to enjoy the quality of life years that they have left.
Blunt joins Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in their decisions to hang their proverbial hats. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) have also been reported as GOP senators thinking of calling it quits next year.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) praised Blunt for his service and as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, vowed that he would find a suitable replacement for the retiring Missouri senator.
“The NRSC will work tirelessly to ensure Senator Blunt’s successor will uphold his legacy of free enterprise and small government and we will hold this seat,” Scott said in a Monday statement.
Though some Democrats have pointed out that Republicans seem to have a growing issue with retiring politicians, former President Donald Trump has vowed to use his resources and influence to make sure that all Republican seats are defended in next year’s election.