He won | Rep. Ralph Abraham of the Louisiana GOP declares he won’t run for reelection.

He won | Rep. Ralph Abraham of the Louisiana GOP declares he won’t run for reelection.

He stated, “I chose to serve only three terms as a member of the House six years ago

Rep. Ralph Abraham, a Republican from Louisiana, declared he would not run for reelection in 2020 on Wednesday.

Abraham, who represents Louisiana’s 5th congressional district, claimed he decided to only hold office for three terms six years ago, but Donald Trump only recently requested him to change his mind. He is one of more than twenty Republicans who have said that they would not seek reelection in the 2020 this cycle.

In a statement, Abraham recalled flying on Air Force One with President Trump to watch Louisiana State win the college football championship last month. “As I traveled on Air Force One to the National Championship game with President Trump, I was humbled when he asked that I consider staying in Congress for another term,” Abraham said. “I was sincere in my response and thanked him for his leadership and encouragement. I chose to serve in the House for only three terms six years ago.

The statement comes shortly after Abraham’s failed run for governor of Louisiana, where the congressman finished third in the primary vote, trailing only Republican businessman Eddie Rispone and choseGovernorJohn Bel Edwards. Later, Edwards prevailed over Rispone despite Trump’s support for Rispone, in a defense runoff election.

Abraham, whose seat is in a safe Republican district that supported Trump by a margin of 29 points in 2016, said his reasons for running were a “weakened” national defense, “challenged” fundamental liberties, and an economy that “was in the tank.”

“Our country’s economy is strong today, six years later, and unemployment is at its lowest level in decades. Consumer confidence is increasing, and our military is stronger than it has been in years, according to the statement. I’ve been proud to work for you in helping to “turn the ship around” despite strong party opposition, as I reflect on our three terms in Congress.

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