Top GOP Congressman Retiring

( After almost 25 years in Congress, legendary Republican Texas Congressman Kevin Brady is retiring from his seat in the House of Representatives.

Brady, who is the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, announced on Wednesday that he does not plan to seek re-election in the 2022 midterms. The announcement comes in preparation for the initiation of re-election campaigns and primary challenges, with the 66-year-old political veteran making clear that there will be room for a new Republican candidate in Texas’s 8th Congressional District.

“This term, my 13th, will be my last,” Rep. Brady revealed on Twitter.

“It’s a remarkable privilege to work for #TX08 in the U.S. House of Representatives. I set out to give my constituents the representation they deserve, the effectiveness they want and the economic freedom they need. I hope I delivered,” he added.

Brady added that he is “optimistic” about the United States in the face of the Biden White House, because he has “faith in our people.”

“I’ve seen up close how remarkable you are, and while I am leaving Congress I am excited about the future,” he added.

Brady also said that limits put in place by House Republicans requiring committee leaders to step down after six years played into his decision.

He added that he believed the rule is good for Congress and the country, saying that it will “bring fresh new ideas to every committee we have.”

“In my view, it’s a good thing,” he added.

Brady’s Texas district is a Republican stronghold, meaning whatever Republican candidate wins the upcoming primary will likely be the next representative in Congress. President Donald Trump carried the district I the last election by 42 points, and Brady won his 2020 re-election campaign by almost 50 points.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told his Twitter followers that serving alongside Brady had been a “privilege.”

“Under his leadership on the Ways and Means Committee, Kevin spearheaded the most important reforms for economic freedom in decades,” he added.

Former President Donald Trump will no doubt have his eye on the seat, with his current political operations focusing on installing new, pro-Trump and pro-MAGA Republicans in Congress.