Republican U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, who represents the Dallas metropolitan area, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in the coming year. This signifies the end of Burgess’s twenty-year term in office.
Monday afternoon, Burgess issued an announcement in which he conveyed his sincere appreciation for the chance to transition from a medical practitioner in a small town, specializing in infant deliveries, to a political figure in the United States Congress as a representative of his local community.
“It has been the honor of my life to have gone from a small-town doctor delivering babies, with no prior political experience, to elected to represent my friends and neighbors in the United States Congress,” he said.
Burgess, who is 72 years old, was appointed to the position in 2002, subsequent to the retirement of Dick Armey, the House Majority Leader, who had held the office since the mid-1980s. Notably, Burgess won the electoral contest against Armey’s son. Throughout his tenure, Burgess has maintained a steadfast grip on the Republican bastion in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, facing minimal opposition.
Dr. Burgess, an obstetrics-focused medical practitioner, has positioned himself as a notable figure within the Republican Party, specifically concerning issues concerning healthcare. He maintains the distinction of being the physician with the most tenured service in the United States Congress.
Burgess, a former chair of the Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, comes from a lineage of medical professionals who fled to the United States from Canada to circumvent the prevalent healthcare system in their native country.
Burgess demonstrated an unwavering resistance to the Democratic initiatives that sought to reform the healthcare system of the United States during the entire Obama administration. Amid the Trump administration, Burgess emerged as a crucial figure in the Republican Party’s efforts to undermine the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare.”
Burgess, a member of the House Rules Committee and Budget Committee, has announced his intention to resign, following the resignation of another longtime Texas Republican. U.S. Representative Kay Granger, the inaugural Republican female representative from the state of Texas in the United States Congress, who has maintained her position representing Fort Worth since 1997, has announced her decision to abstain from seeking reelection.
Two Republican members of Congress declared their intentions not to seek reelection in the coming year earlier this month. It is worth mentioning that one of these individuals has ascribed their choice to the conduct of former President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Representatives Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, and Kay Granger, a Republican from Texas, publicly declared their positions. Buck conveyed to MSNBC that his decision is influenced, at least “in part to his party’s reliance on former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.”
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Buck expressed, “I’ve decided, Andrea, I’m not going to seek re-election.”
The announcement was made by the Colorado Republican in the aftermath of Granger’s declaration that she would be retiring the following year.
“I’m joining Kay and probably some others in the near future, but I’ve decided that it is time for me to do some other things,” Buck declared. “I always have been disappointed with our inability in Congress to deal with major issues, and I’m also disappointed that the Republican Party continues to rely on this lie that the 2020 election was stolen and rely on the Jan. 6 narrative and political prisoners from Jan. 6 and other things.”
He further observed that “If we’re going to solve difficult problems, we’ve got to deal with some very unpleasant truths or lies and make sure that we project to the public what the truth is.”
Buck articulated his resolve to maintain his Republican Party affiliation, placing considerable emphasis on the critical nature of the forthcoming 2024 elections, encompassing both the presidential contest and the House of Representatives.
As per Granger, the chairman of the influential House Appropriations Committee, she contends that a younger generation member should assume her position at this juncture.
“As I announce my decision to not seek re-election, I am encouraged by the next generation of leaders in my district,” she proclaimed. “It’s time for the next generation to step up and take the mantle and be a strong and fierce representative for the people.”
“Although I am not running for re-election, I plan to serve out the remainder of my term and work with our new Speaker and my colleagues to advance our conservative agenda and finish the job I was elected to do,” she promised.
According to NBC News, “Granger represents part of Fort Worth and its western suburbs, serving in the House since 1997. She previously served as mayor of Fort Worth. Buck’s district covers the eastern portion of Colorado, east of Denver. Both represent safe Republican districts, according to the Cook Political Report.
Both lawmakers were among the House Republicans who voted to certify Joe Biden’s election in 2020, splitting from the 147 members of their conference who voted to overturn the results.”