Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) unexpectedly announced his retirement on Thursday morning via an announcement in The Arizona Republic, stating that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
While stating that serving in Congress has been an “amazing experience” and “privilege,” Rep. Salmon wrote that “no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
“Now, for the first time in years, my children are all back in Arizona and with them are my seven young grandchildren. And more than ever, it seems the biggest hypocrisy to abandon my family in a quest to protect them. After much soul-searching, that’s just not a trade I can justify making any longer.
While I’m happy that President Obama’s administration is ending, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I will not be seeking re-election to Arizona’s 5th congressional district. Even still, I have no intention of stopping my fight to protect our nation’s future — I’ll just be continuing it as a constituent in the Valley of the Sun.”
Congressman Salmon was re-elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 after serving there from 1994-2000. He won re-election again in 2014, running unopposed in the primary, then easily defeating Democrat James Woods in the general election.
A favorite of the Tea Party who also co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, Matt Salmon was heavily recruited last year to run against RINO Arizona Senator John McCain. However, in late September, he announced that he would not be taking on the highly unpopular senator who was embarrassingly censured by the Arizona GOP for his “disastrous” record.
Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs announced in a press release that he will be running to fill the seat to represent the 5th Congressional District.
“I never envisioned running for Congress, but Matt’s decision to return home leaves a void that must be filled by the kind of strong, conservative voiady to take my proven 14-year record to Washington and be that strong conservative voice for the East Valley.”ce that the people of Arizona’s 5th District have come to expect and that they deserve.”
“As a state legislator, and as Senate President, I have consistently demonstrated my ability to be a conservative leader who can build the necessary coalitions to pass meaningful reforms. I am ready to take my proven 14-year record to Washington and be that strong conservative voice for the East Valley.”
Salmon will serve as the chairman for Andy Biggs’ campaign. In regards to Biggs, Salmon said, “I’ve known Andy and his family for more than two decades, and his character is one of integrity and devotion.”
He continued, “I am thrilled to chair his campaign and I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure he is successful in representing the wonderful people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.”