Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) announces retirement from Congress after current term

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI) will leave Congress after his current term.

Congressman Paul Mitchell announces he will leave Congress. (Source Rep Paul Mitchell)

Wednesday morning Mitchell announced his decision during a House floor speech.

He said, "...I have decided I will not seek to continue to represent Michigan’s 10th District next term. After serving out the remainder of the 116th Congress – I will return to my family and our small farm."

"A career in Washington has never been my objective. My objective has always been simply to work to address significant challenges this nation faces: health care, immigration, and infrastructure for example. However, it appears to me that rhetoric overwhelms policy, and politics consumes much of the oxygen in this city."

Mitchell continued, "The time has come to make a difference for my family – to focus my time and energy upon them – their needs and goals."

Mitchell was elected to Congress in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016.

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