House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey said he won't seek re-election Monday, making him the seventh committee chairmen in the lower chamber to announce their retirement.
Granger, a Fort Worth, Texas, Republican, would instantly become a major power-broker in a Republican caucus that now has had only three women chairs in this Congress.
They include: Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas; Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California; Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia; Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania; Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas; House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper of MS and House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black of Tennessee.
"If allowed by my colleagues to serve as the next chairman of the appropriations committee, I look forward to addressing these challenges", he wrote.
Two women, Reps. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., now chair House committees, the House Ethics Committee and Education and Workforce committee, respectively.
During my time serving here there have been times of great tragedy including the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the ravages of Hurricane Sandy on my home state.
House GOP leaders considered removing Frelinghuysen as chairman of the Appropriations Committee in retaliation for bucking the party line on one of their biggest legislative priorities. "I have sincerely endeavored to earn that trust every day".
Frelinghuysen's 11th District narrowly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.
"After ducking his constituents for months, Representative Frelinghuysen has now denied them the chance to throw him out", said Evan Lukaske, the DCCC spokesman.
So far over 30 Republicans have announced their retirement from the House.
So now Frelinghuysen joins an exodus of other sitting Republican congressmen and senators looking to get out before this year's midterm elections potentially deliver a Trump-fueled backlash that washes many of them right out of their seats.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers noted the district as been held by a Republican since the 1980s and said "we plan to keep it that way in November".
Even though Frelinghuysen represents more affluent suburbs, Hillary Clinton lost by only one point in a (until then) safely Republican district. A handwritten note added that "one of the ringleaders works in your bank!" "With veteran and former federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill's strong candidacy, and the abysmal approval ratings of Speaker Ryan's Republican Congress, Democrats are confident that this seat will turn blue next November". She served as vice chair of the Republican Conference from 2007 to 2009. Sherill raised $442,000 last quarter.
Frelinghuysen assumed the helm of the Appropriations Committee at the beginning of the 115th Congress.
Krista Jenkins, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, said Frelinghuysen's district definitely is in play.