Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing to discuss the January sixth attack on the U.S. Capitol on March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2022.
” After 14 General Election victories– 3 to county workplace, seven to the United States Legislature, and 4 statewide elections– I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in a video published on Twitter.
Blunt, 71, was chosen to the Senate in 2010 after more than a decade in your house.
Political analysts expect the seat to remain in GOP hands. It’s a crucial one for Republicans to protect as they push to gain back the majority they lost after the January runoff elections in Georgia.
The Senate is now evenly divided, but Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote provides Democrats control of the chamber.
” We will hold this seat,” Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chairman National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a declaration.
Blunt will be “considerably missed in the Senate,” Scott said. “The NRSC will work tirelessly to guarantee Senator Blunt’s successor will promote his legacy of free enterprise and little federal government.”
Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Richard Shelby of Alabama likewise revealed this year that they would not run for reelection.
Blunt is the top Republican politician on the Senate Rules Committee and the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
In his video Monday morning, Blunt did not use a specific reason why he was not looking for reelection.
” In every job Missourians have actually permitted me to have, I’ve tried to do my best,” Blunt stated. “In nearly 12,000 votes in the Congress, I make certain I wasn’t right every time, but you really make that choice based upon the details you have at the time.”
” There is still a lot to do, and I eagerly anticipate every day this year and next year as I continue to work for you in the Senate.”
” Another lesson I found out here: Complete strong. And I mean to,” the senator said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a statement stated Blunt’s retirement “will be a loss for the Republican conference and the whole Senate.”
McConnell praised Blunt’s work during the coronavirus pandemic, stating, “no individual Senator has actually done more to drive testing efforts or advance the historical and effective sprint to vaccines.”
“Sen. Blunt has actually dealt with so much essential work for Missouri and our country and has actually been an enormous possession to all his coworkers. I’m extremely sorry he’ll be stepping away however am happy the country has two more years to keep taking advantage of his talent,” McConnell stated.
Blunt won his first Senate race in 2010 by a wide margin, and in 2016 kept his seat against Democratic challenger Jason Kander.
Numerous Democrats have currently revealed their projects for Blunt’s seat in 2022.
After Blunt’s statement, Kander tweeted that he would not run again for the Senate seat but would support the Democratic nominee.