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Posted on Mar 20, 2008 in Across the US, Beltway Politics, Campaign '08, Congress, Conservatism, Democrats, Government, Liberalism, Party Politics

Tom Reynolds Becomes the 29th Republican Member of Congress Deciding to Retire this Term

It looks like Tom Reynolds, Congressman from New York’s 26th Congressional district has decided to call it quits after 10 years in the House. During those years, Reynolds had become a strong voice for the conservative movement, always ranking in the 80% range on American Conservative Union rankings. Shortly after he was elected, he got a seat on the prized Ways and Means Committee and also was selected to serve as the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for the 2006 election cycle.


WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-New York, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his term, saying it was time “to take up new challenges.”

“As Abraham Lincoln said, ‘It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.’ ” Reynolds said during a press conference in Williamsville, New York. “So even at the tender age of 58, I think I have enough life, and enough years, left to embark on the next leg of the journey.”

Reynolds has represented his upstate New York district for five terms but won his last election by a small margin.Congressman Tom Reynolds

He will be the 29th Republican to retire from the House of Representatives this term, setting up potential gains for Democrats.

All I can say is that March has not been a good month for the NRCC. First bad fundraising, then finding out that it was linked to scandal, and then of course finding out another Republican leader, and former chairman is retiring. There isn’t really any way to spin that in a direct mail piece.

While I can understand why Tom Reynolds is retiring, what I cannot understand is why he waited so long to make up his mind. In looking at the latest FEC data, it appears that he has $1,016,846 on hand and his nearest opponents, Democrats Jonathan Power and Alice Kryzan only have $369,043 and $209,798 respectively.

As the article says, Reynolds becomes the 29th member to announce retirement in session of Congress.

Here is a list I pieced together of those Republicans who have announced retirement, but I’m sure that t here are some I’m missing:

Barbara Cubin, Chip Pickering, Dave Hobson, Deborah Pryce, Duncan Hunter, Heather Wilson, Jerry Weller, Jim McCrery, Jim Ramstad, Jim Saxton Jim Walsh, John Doolittle, John Peterson, Kenny Hulshof, Mike Ferguson, Ralph Regula, Ray LaHood, Rick Renzi, Ron Lewis, Steve Pearce, Terry Everett, Tom Davis, Tom Tancredo, Wayne Gilchrest and of course, now Tom Reynolds.