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.
Greg Walden's retirement is another blow to Republicans. He's the type of honorable leader that the party should elevate, but as long as it keeps trading men and women like him for the goons currently dominating the party, it'll struggle to serve America well and to win. https://t.co/gUYCgfgzyb
Look at the House-Senate Rs who are retiring: Alexander, Isakson, Roberts, Walden, Hurd, Conaway, Thornberry, Brooks. Many of them are lawmakers who can make bipartisan deals in a party steadily driven rightward by Trump & Freedom Caucus.