Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden not seeking re-election

House Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce ranking member Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., speaks during a legislative hearing on "making prescription drugs more affordable" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

In a video statement announced Monday, Walden said he is retiring after 30 years in public service, "helping bring people together to solve problems and leave our communities, our beautiful state and our great nation better off for the next generation."

The Congressman said he will be taking on new opportunities after his term.

In the statement, Walden said, “Together we’ve worked to find solutions to the opioid crisis, improve forest health, and increase access to high speed broadband.

“My team and I have helped thousands of Oregonians get the Social Security, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits they earned and deserved.

“I fought to save the fire-fighting tanker base in Medford, the VA facility in White City, and I’ve stood up for the ranching and farming way of life that is eastern Oregon.

“Rural Oregon values run deeply in my veins. My ancestors arrived here in 1845 and I grew up on a cherry orchard in The Dalles with parents who survived the Great Depression. They taught me the true meaning of community; the importance of giving back; and the value of hard work. That’s why I’ve given it my all for the people and the way of life we so enjoy in Oregon.

“Based on recent polling, strong fundraising, and the backing of my wife and family, I am confident I could earn the support of 2nd District voters for another term. I’m also optimistic that a path exists for Republicans to recapture a majority in the House, and that I could return for two more years as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. But I also know that for me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities."

“So, I will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, nor election to any other office, but instead I will close the public service chapter of my life, thankful for the friends I’ve made and the successful work we’ve done together."

Rep. Walden serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Walden will remain in Congress until January 2021.

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