Former Fort Worth mayor and veteran Republican legislator Kay Granger has announced she will not seek reelection in 2024.
Democrats view the announcement as an opportunity to flip the district and gain another seat in the House of Representatives.
Granger, known to hold anti-MAGA views, made headlines in recent weeks by leading efforts to thwart Rep. Jim Jordan’s bid to become speaker of the House.
The longtime representative shared she is committed to supporting the new speaker, Mike Johnson (R-LA), “to advance our conservative agenda.”
Granger has served in the House since 1998 and currently chairs the important Appropriations Committee. She shared her announcement regarding stepping down after her current term on Wednesday.
“As I announce my decision to not seek re-election, I am encouraged by the next generation of leaders in my district,” Granger said in a statement. “It’s time for the next generation to step up and take the mantle and be a strong and fierce representative for the people.”
Granger added that serving Texans has “been her greatest honor.”
Recounting her career in government, Granger said, “As the first female Mayor of Fort Worth, [the] first Republican United States Congresswoman from Texas, and the first female Republican Appropriations Chair, I have been able to accomplish more in this life than I could have imagined, and I owe it all to my incredible family, staff, friends, and supporters.”
The Hill reported that Granger joins Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), who previously announced she would not seek reelection, and Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), who previously released a statement she would not be running again due to health challenges.
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