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Florida Rep. Dennis Ross Retiring After 8 Years

Roll Call logo Roll Call 4/11/2018 Griffin Connolly
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., will retire at the end of his term, he announced Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) © Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., will retire at the end of his term, he announced Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dennis Ross is retiring at the end of his term, the Florida Republican told his staff Wednesday morning.

“It has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve my community as a Member of Congress and I am grateful for the encouragement and input of family, friends, and neighbors over the years,” Ross said in a statement.

“After thoughtful prayer and consideration, my wife Cindy and I decided that I will not seek re-election for a fifth-term in office. ... I look forward to the next chapter of my life which will include, in some way, continued public service.”

The deputy majority whip, a former state lawmaker, first arrived in Washington as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010, representing Florida’s 12th congressional district.

He has represented Florida’s 15th Congressional District since 2013 after redistricting.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales previously rated the seat Ross is vacating Solid Republican. President Donald Trump carried the district, which includes Tampa’s eastern suburbs, by 10 points in 2016.

Ross is the 28th GOP lawmaker — and 25th Republican House member — to announce they will not seek re-election in 2018.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Ross said after eight years in Washington, D.C., he had begun to feel like “stranger in [his] hometown.”

“There’s got to be an exit strategy at some point,” Ross said.

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