Tennessee Republican Phil Roe retiring from House after losing committee chairmanship in Democratic takeover

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Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe announced Friday that he will not run for reelection to the seat he first won in 2008.

Roe, 74, a doctor who practiced as an OB-GYN in Johnston City, Tennessee, for 31 years, is the top Republican on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Roe previously was chairman of the committee but lost that post when House Democrats won the majority in 2018. Roe is also a member of the House Education and Labor Committee.

“Serving East Tennesseans these past 11 years has been the honor of my life, and I will be forever grateful for the trust my friends and neighbors put in me to represent them,” Roe said in a statement. “As someone who practiced medicine for over 30 years, I said I would serve five or six terms because I never intended this job to be a second career. After prayerful consideration, I have decided to retire at the end of the 116th Congress.”

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