retirement party
October 28, 2019

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) on Monday became the 17th House Republican to announce his retirement this election cycle.

The 62-year-old Walden didn't seem concerned about his chances of re-election, and even expressed confidence that the GOP could retake the House, giving him another go as the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Instead, he just was ready to call it a day. "I also know that for me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities," he said.

Walden's announcement reportedly wasn't a particular surprise, at least compared to some of the other Republicans who are stepping down, but several people lamented his decision, citing his reputation for bipartisanship and thorough attention to policy details, per Politico.

Walden wasn't afraid to challenge President Trump on occasion, including over immigration and climate change, but he has defended the president amid the House impeachment inquiry. Tim O'Donnell

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