Indiana GOP Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has announced that he will not be running for re-election in November, citing his pledge to limit his terms in office.
Hollingsworth’s southern Indiana-based district is safely Republican at R+16, so it should remain conservative.
“I took a pledge to limit my own terms to four because of this very idea: to remind me to focus on the people and that serving the public wasn’t intended to be a career by our founders,” he said in an op-ed with IndyStar.
“The problem of politicians using their office to catapult themselves to another office, to a Committee assignment, or to a high-paying lobbying job is the misaligned incentive that tears at the most fundamental promise of democracy: elected officials represent electorates. In other words, you elect me, and I will represent your interests,” he wrote.
“Much of my time in Congress has been invested in battling Washington itself. I voted against bad budgeting, reckless spending, and overregulation. I believe we need strong term limits. I hope Congress passes strict lobbying bans. We need to compel our representatives to work to better their constituents rather than better themselves or their careers,” he added.
The Republican concluded: “I ran for Congress to return this government to the people from the career politicians who had broken it, and I will be damned if I become one in the process. I hope Hoosiers will replace their Congressman with someone with a similar attitude. Voters in America should, too.”
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