GOP congresswoman Kay Granger to retire

 November 2, 2023

Rep. Kim Granger (R-TX) announced that she will retire after her current term.

Granger's announcement comes shortly after her opposition to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in his brief run to become House Speaker.

Opposing Jordan

"Granger, 80, had begun taking heat in her Fort Worth district for opposing Jordan and faced a primary challenge," Breitbart News reported.

"She voted against the Republican nominee Jordan on the first ballot and continued to oppose him until Jordan was stripped of his nomination by a Republican conference secret ballot," it added.

The decision

"Granger, 80, is the nation’s longest-serving GOP congresswoman and was first elected in 1996. Her district, which includes Fort Worth, is heavily Republican and is likely to remain out of reach for Democrats next year," the Guardian reported.

“It’s time for the next generation to step up and take the mantle and be a strong and fierce representative for the people,” Granger said in a statement.

Her legacy

"Granger has had a barrier-breaking career. When she first won her seat in 1996, she became the first Republican woman to go to the U.S. House from Texas, and before that, she was the first female mayor of Fort Worth," the Texas Tribune reported.

"Granger's seniority among in the delegation makes her the de facto dean of the state's House Republicans. She puts together a weekly lunch for delegation members where she has pushed for greater Texas representation within her party's leadership.," it noted.

Granger's departure comes the same week as Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck announced his plans not to run for reelection next year. Buck's departure blasted his own party for its election denial and response to Jan. 6, 2021.

In Granger's exit, the Texas district is solidly Republican with the party expected to hold the seat next year. Candidates are expected to soon announce running for her seat for 2024.

The Texas congresswoman has served long-term in the nation's most-populated conservative state, leading efforts for decades in a role held by few female leaders. Her retirement leaves an opening for a new Texas leader to step up to continue representing the values of the people of the state and of America.

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