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Tennessee’s Phil Roe Running for Sixth Term

Veterans Affairs Chairman had been undecided earlier this week

Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe is running for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tennessee GOP Rep. Phil Roe announced on Thursday’s he’s running for a sixth term in November. 

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee was undecided earlier this week, citing family considerations as a reason he could opt against re-election. Roe could have been the 10th committee chairman to call it quits.

Roe cited his role as chairman, which he assumed at the beginning of the 115th Congress, as a reason to stick around. 

“After being selected by my colleagues to chair the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and to co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I believe I can help ensure East Tennesseans’ voice is heard loud and clear on some of the most important issues facing our region and nation,” Roe said. 

“We are making real progress on behalf of East Tennessee, and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our country. For this reason I’ve decided to seek another term in Congress,” Roe added. 

The Tennessee Republican raised just $3,700 during the fourth quarter of 2017 — a reflection of his lack of a decision, he said on Monday. He raised less than $100,000 during each of the three previous quarters of 2017, including only $14,000 during the first quarter. He had $438,000 in the bank at the end of the year. 

Roe was first elected in 2008, unseating freshman GOP Rep. David Davis in the Republican primary. During that campaign, Roe said members of the House shouldn’t serve more than 10 years. This is Roe’s 10th year in Congress. 

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