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Rep. Bill Flores is the 5th Texas Republican to announce retirement
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2020, becoming the fifth Texas Republican — and the 15th Republican overall — to retire from the House this term.
The big picture: House Republicans want to regain control of the chamber from Democrats in 2020, but the continued exodus of GOP members will make the task even more challenging. Texas, which hold 38 electoral college votes, is becoming a more competitive state for Democrats across all levels of government.
House GOP Texas seats up for grabs in 2020:
Rep. Bill Flores, 17th district
Rep. Kenny Marchant, 24th district
Rep. Pete Olson, 22nd district
Rep. Will Hurd, 23rd district
Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th district
Worth noting: Inside Elections' Nathan Gonzales writes on Twitter that President Trump won Flores' district 56%-39% in 2016, writing the "College Station/Waco-area seat shouldn't be a problem for Republicans."
: Texas Rep. Flores says he won't seek reelection
Flores, who rode the 2010 tea party wave to Congress, is a former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee and currently serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. ...
His solidly Republican district includes Waco and the northern Austin suburbs and is home to two major universities: Texas A&M University and Baylor University. While Flores beat his Democratic opponent by 15 points last year, changing demographics in the state — and especially in the suburbs — have made a number of races in Texas more competitive.