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Goodlatte Says He Won't Seek Re-Election in 2018
USAgNet - 11/13/2017

Long-time Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia says he will not run for another term in office next year. Goodlatte, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, said he's not seeking re-election serving 25 years in Washington.

"With my time as chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters," Goodlatte said.

Goodlatte said he still wants to accomplish several legislative goals in the next year, including bolstering enforcement of immigration laws, reforming the legal immigration system, simplifying the tax code, repealing Obamacare and more.

In October, Goodlatte introduced the Agricultural Guestworker Act, to replace the H-2A guest worker program operated by the Department of Labor with a program renamed H-2C and under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. An amended form of that bill passed the Judiciary Committee by a 17-16 vote and awaits action by the full House.

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