Republican Texas Rep. Mike Conaway is expected to announce his 2020 retirement at a press conference in Midland, Texas, Wednesday, according to a Politico report citing multiple GOP sources Tuesday.
If he does make the announcement, Conaway would become the fifth Republican to announce retirement in the past two weeks, Politico reported.
Conaway, 71, is the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee. He also led the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in 2017 when Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes agreed to bow out over since-cleared ethics charges. (RELATED: Guns & Gear Q&A: Texas Rep. Mike Conaway)
The former accountant served in leadership in the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and even uncovered an embezzlement scheme there, reported Politico.
Conaway has served since 2005, and his district is expected to stay red. Other Republicans who have recently announced their 2020 exits include Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, Texas Rep. Pete Olson and Utah Rep. Rob Bishop.