Washington – Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Announced on Monday that it would not seek re-election in 2022, becoming the fourth GOP senator who has said he plans to retire at the end of the current Congress.
“Today I declare that I will not seek a seventh term in the United States Senate in 2022,” Shelby said in a statement.
“During my time in the Senate, I have been given a great opportunity to chair four committees: appropriation, rules, banking and intelligence. In these leadership positions, I have tried to influence the law which will have lasting impact – creating conditions for development and opportunity, ”he said.
Shelby, 86, clarified that he plans to serve for the remainder of his current term through 2022. He has served in the Congress since 1979, first in the House for eight years and then in the Senate for more than three decades.
Shelby was serving as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee until Democrats took control of the Senate recently.
Shelby’s seat is currently among the 20 Senate seats occupied by Republicans that will be contested in the next midterm election. There are also 14 Senate Democrats who will also be up for re-election.
It comes immediately after the sense. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Pat Tommy, R-Pa. Announced plans to retire from the Senate in 2022. Sen. Burt, RNC, previously said he would not contest again.
Shelby’s announcement comes a day before the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins. Republicans have been under pressure to vote to indict Trump as the House blamed him for his role in the January 6 riots at the Capitol last month, but most have indicated they are unlikely to do so is.