Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced today that he will not run for re-election in November.
Camp, 60, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1991, released the following statement on Monday: “Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the US House of Representatives. This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family.
“Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose, and inspiration.
“During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net, and finding new markets for US goods and services.”
Camp’s term as chairman of the tax-writing panel is set to expire at the end of the year, and many believe Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) will take over the Ways and Means gavel.
Late last month, Camp released his proposal to reform the nation’s tax code, but his plan has received lukewarm support from members in his own party.