Mark Green reverses decision to retire after encouragement from Trump

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) will run for another term in the House, reversing his decision to retire just two weeks after announcing he would step down from office.

Green said he changed his mind after having “countless” conversations with his colleagues and constituents as well as from former President Donald Trump. The decision comes after Green said it was his “strong desire” to leave the House next year, leaving his congressional career at a high point after the historic impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“I was reminded of the words of Gen. [Douglas] MacArthur on a statue at West Point: ‘Duty, honor, country.’I realized once again: I had a duty to my country to fulfill,” Green told the Washington Examiner. “I will be running for reelection so I can be here on Day 1 next year to help President Trump end this border crisis once and for all.”

Green is not the first lawmaker to reverse his retirement decision in the House. Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) made a similar move last month when she announced her reelection bid despite saying a year earlier she would retire.


More than 40 House incumbents have already announced they won’t seek reelection in 2024, marking one of the highest retirement rates at this point in an election cycle over the last decade. That number includes 21 Republicans and 23 Democrats, according to a list compiled by the House Press Gallery.

The number of retirements is approaching but has not reached 2018’s total of 52 members who stepped down from office. That marked the most incumbent retirements recorded since the 1992 cycle, when 65 members opted not to run for reelection.

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