Roe will run for reelection

After months of professed indecision, Republican U.S. Rep. Phil Roe announced Thursday he will run for reelection to a sixth term representing Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District.

From his statement, as reported by the Kingsport Times News:

“After being selected by my colleagues to chair the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and to co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I believe I can help ensure East Tennesseans’ voice is heard loud and clear on some of the most important issues facing our region and nation. We are making real progress on behalf of East Tennessee, and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our country. For this reason I’ve decided to seek another term in Congress.

“Over the last year, I believe we’ve made great strides toward comprehensive reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Already this Congress, we’ve delivered reforms to bring real accountability to VA and improved the GI Bill by guaranteeing eligible veterans can utilize the benefit for life. Still, there is a lot of unfinished business left on the table. There are more than 65,000 veterans in the First Congressional District, and I believe they’re counting on me to finish what we’ve started. They deserve a choice in their health care, timely access to the benefits they’ve earned and a VA that works for them.”

One Response to Roe will run for reelection

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    What sad news. Phil is the most liberal member of the Tennessee Republican House delegation and is an example of why the Republican Party is so incapable of furthering the conservative agenda in its own platform even when it controls both the Presidency and Congress. With so many good conservatives in the First District who can take Phil’s place, conservatives can only hope that Roe soon decides to give this country a break and retire.

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