Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho announced on Tuesday he will not seek another term, saying he will “pass the baton onto a new generation” and honoring his campaign promise not to serve more than four terms.
Yoho represents Florida’s 3rd District and is serving his fourth term. He is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the committees that has participated in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
“I ran on a pledge to serve four terms - eight years and come home,” he said in a statement to supporters. “Many told me I was naive and they’re probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn’t binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person’s word is their bond and should live up to their word. I also meant that after eight years I will come home and pass the baton onto a new generation. Now, I am doing that.”
Yoho will continue to serve until his term expires in January 2021.
At least 18 Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection in Congress, compared to at least six Democrats. Those numbers don’t include members of Congress who have announced plans to seek a different office.