A Fourth Texas Republican Congressman Calling it Quits

The Republican ship keeps leaking in Texas.

A fourth Texas Republican Congressman, Kenny Marchant of north Texas, announced today he will not seek re-election next fall. Marchant follows three of his colleagues out the door. San Antonio's Will Hurd announced his pending retirement last week, and U.S. Reps Pete Olson, who represents Katy and southwest Houston, and Midland Rep. Mike Conaway, who announced their retirement plans last month.

Marchant is a voter State Legislator, and Mayor of Carrollton, was first elected to Congress in 2005. He was among the top Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes all budget and taxation bills, and was among the founding members of the Texas Tea Party Caucus.

Like the other Texas Republicans, Marchant was facing a tough re-election contest next year in a district which was safely Republican for more than a decade.

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