Another high-ranking Senate Republican has announced that he will not be running for re-election when his term ends in 2022.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter:
Thank you, Missourians, for the opportunity to work for you and a better future for our state and our country. pic.twitter.com/1GjX74zhZB
— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) March 8, 2021
Blunt has served in leadership positions in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. He was elected to the House in 1997, and served until he was elected to the Senate in 2011. Many in Washington saw Blunt as “someone who could eventually have taken over as the leader of the Senate caucus,” according to news outlet TPM.
In his announcement, Blunt did not give any specific reason for ending his career in the Senate, but he did mention that he had cast almost 12,000 votes in Congress since being elected.
It is unlikely that Democrats will be able to flip the Senate seat in the next election, as Missouri has been getting redder over the past few years.
Blunt is not the only Senate Republican who has chosen to step down. Senators Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Rob Portman of Ohio have all announced that they will not be running for re-election. Another Republican who is contemplating retiring is Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who has hinted several times at not running again in 2022.