Louisiana’s Ralph Abraham (R-Dist.5), announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2020.

Abraham was elected to his first term in 2014. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. In 2019 Abraham ran for Governor of Louisiana but failed to make the runoff. This could be taken as a sign the Abraham could be involved in politics in the future.

In a statement released by Abraham he states that he vowed from the beginning to only remain in the House of Representatives for three terms. Reports from the Associated Press suggest that his chief of staff Luke Letlow is likely to run for the open 5th District seat.

Currently 27 Republicans have announced they won’t seek re-election in 2020 as opposed to only 9 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Democrats took the majority in the House by winning 235 seats in 2018. For Republicans to win back the majority they would need a net gain of 20 seats.

Here is Abraham’s press release:

“Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from Congress following the completion of my current third term, and I will not seek re-election in 2020.

When I announced my candidacy for this seat six years ago, I did so with the strongest of convictions. Our national defense had been weakened, our constitutional rights were being challenged, and our economy was in the tank. Simply put — Dianne and I both feared the direction our country was headed. Here at home, the people who live in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District are some of the finest citizens of this country, and we both felt that changes in Washington needed to happen. That’s why we chose to stand up and work towards doing something about it. Our district is filled with honest, hard-working, kind, and sincere people. It is because of this, and because of you, that I sought public office for the first time in my life, when I asked for your support to serve as your Member of Congress.

Today, six years later, our national economy is strong, and unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades. Our military is stronger now than it’s been in decades, and consumer confidence is on the rise. As I look back over these three terms in Congress, despite significant partisan opposition, I’ve been proud to work for you in helping to “turn-the-ship-around.”

This past January, as I traveled on Air Force One to the National Championship game with President Trump, I was humbled when he asked that I consider staying in Congress for another term. I thanked him for his leadership and encouragement, and was honest in my reply. The decision to serve only three terms as a Member of the House is one that I made six years ago, but I very much look forward to supporting the President’s agenda for the remainder of my tenure in Congress and in other capacities moving forward. I have sought to serve you honorably in Congress, as your “citizen congressman,” and the commitment I made as a candidate in 2014 will be kept.

James Cheef