Asked about Wednesday reports that he would not be running for re-election, Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett would only say he has no plans to leave Congress before the end of the session.
“I’m not resigning. I can tell you that definitively,” Garrett told Roll Call.
Garrett said his office would be putting out a statement soon.
Politico first reported Wednesday afternoon that Garrett, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, had “abruptly parted ways” with chief of staff Jimmy Keady and was considering retiring.
Garrett, a former state senator, was elected to Virginia’s 5th District in 2016 by a 17-point margin. President Donald Trump carried the 5th District by 11 points.
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the 2018 race Likely Republican. Democrats have made this district a target. Former journalist Leslie Cockburn won the nomination at a party convention earlier this month.
Garrett’s retirement would open up a crowded GOP field. One Republican in the state named Del. Nick Freitas, who’s currently running for Senate, as a likely top contender.