Three-term Wisconsin Republican Reid Ribble announced Saturday that he won’t run for re-election — one term shy of the four-term limit pledge he made when first elected in 2010.
“My reasons are fairly simple and straightforward. I feel very fortunate to have a strong marriage, grown children, and three wonderful grandchildren. I want to dedicate more time to them,” Ribble said in a statement. Additionally, I’ve always said elected office shouldn’t be a career. I come from the private sector and am anxious to return to it and to a more private life.”
Last October, Ribble became the second Republican to resign from the House Freedom Caucus , disagreeing with the group of conservative hard-line members over their role in the speakership race.
“I was a member of the Freedom Caucus in the very beginning because we were focused on making process reforms to get every Member’s voice heard and advance conservative policy,” Ribble said in a statement provided to Roll Call at the time. “When the Speaker resigned and they pivoted to focusing on the leadership race, I withdrew.”
Ribble also made news when he said he wouldn’t support Donald Trump if here were the Republican nominee for president, saying the candidate embodies “the worst parts of who we are as people.”
Ribble won his Green Bay-area seat with 65 percent of the vote in 2014, but the 8th District has been a swing seat at the presidential level. President Barack Obama carried it by 9 points in 2008, while Mitt Romney carried it by 4 points in 2012.
The filing deadline to run for Congress in Wisconsin is June 1.
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