Mississippi Congressman Gregg Harper says he won’t seek re-election

Ashton Pittman

U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi) says he will not seek re-election to Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, where he has served since he was first elected in 2009.

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The 61-year-old congressman is the highest-ranking Mississippian in the congressional delegation. Just in December, he was appointed chairman of the House Eneergy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Harper was up for re-election this year, but faced no serious challengers.
Harper joins 17 other House Republicans who have announced plans to retire rather than seek re-election in 2018, compared to only seven Democrats.
He cited family considerations in his decision making.
“Serving as a Member of the United States House of Representatives has been the highest privilege and honor of my life,” Harper said. “The opportunity to serve the people of the 3rd District, our state, and our country is something that my wife, Sidney, and I will never forget. We have been contemplating for almost two years when it would be our time not to run again, and after spending time over Christmas and New Year’s with my family, we made the very difficult decision to say that 10 years will be long enough. I never intended for this to be a career, and it will soon be time for another conservative citizen legislator to represent us. I will work hard over the final 12 months of my term this year, but I will not seek re-election for a sixth term.”
Harper has been discussed a possible successor to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), who many expect to retire rather than seek re-election in 2020.

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Any candidate seeking to replace Harper faces a March qualifying deadline for the November election. Harper’s term ends in January 2019.
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