Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection next year, becoming the third House Republican in a competitive district to announce retirement in the last several days.
“Our country’s Founding Fathers envisioned a government where citizens leave private life, serve for a brief time, and then return home to their communities,” Trott said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector.”
Cook Political Report moved Trott’s seat from “likely Republican” to “toss-up” in its campaign ratings following the announcement.
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“We will not let his hard work go to waste, and are confident this seat will remain under Republican control,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) said in a statement.
“The only thing that Congressman Dave Trott has to show for himself this Congress is his vote to rip away healthcare and increase costs for thousands of his constituents, and his retirement is a tell-tale sign that running for re-election in Paul Ryan’s do-nothing Congress would have been an uphill climb not worth the effort,” DCCC spokeswoman Rachel Irwin said to the contrary.
The Hill added:
Centrist GOP Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Dave Reichert (Wash.) both announced last week that they would not seek reelection, opening up districts that were expected to be tougher for Democrats to flip given their status as strong longtime incumbents.
Reichert is one of 23 House Republicans representing a district won by Hillary Clinton. Dent’s district, meanwhile, was won by President Obama in 2008.
President Trump won Trott’s southeast Michigan district by only 4 points last year, suggesting competitive terrain for a midterm election expected to be more favorable to Democrats.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball said it is also changing its rating of the district as “likely Republican” to a “toss-up” following Trott’s retirement.