Roy Blunt Becomes the Fifth GOP Senator to Not Seek Reelection in 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 30: Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) speaks to the media following their weekly policy luncheon on April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Congress is back in session this week after a two week spring break. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Sen. Roy Blunt has announced he will not seek reelection in 2022.

The announcement came in a video message posted to Twitter Monday morning.

In every job Missourians have allowed me to have, I’ve tried to do my best,” he said. “And almost 12,000 votes in the Congress, I’m sure I wasn’t right every time. But you really make that decision based on the information you have at the time.

After fourteen general election victories—three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections—I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year.

I want to thank my family and thank the great team that came together to help me work for you. Most importantly, thanks to Missourians—whether you voted for me or not—for the opportunity to work for you and a better future for our state and our country.”

Blunt has become the fifth GOP senator to announce his retirement in 2022. He joins Sens. Richard Shelby (AL), Rob Portman (OH), Richard Burr (NC), and Pat Toomey (PA). There could be more as well: Sens. Chuck Grassley (IA) and Ron Johnson (WI) are also reportedly pondering retirement after the midterms.

Blunt is one of the more powerful Republicans in the Senate; he is the top Republican on the Senate Rules Committee and is number four among all his GOP colleagues.

Big League Politics reported back in 2019 that Blunt was uninvited from a Lincoln Day Dinner after he voted with Democrats against former president Trump’s national emergency declaration at the US-Mexico border.

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