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WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Oregon’s only Republican in Congress, announced Monday that he will retire in January 2021. Politico first reported Walden’s retirement, adding that the veteran lawmaker said he believes he would have won reelection in the 2nd District, which stretches across eastern and central 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," Walden said in a statement given to news outlets. “But I also know that for me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities.” “So, I will not seek reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives," he added, “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.” The 62 year old Walden becomes the 17th House Republican -- and the fourth GOP committee leader -- to announce plans to retire this election cycle. 

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