U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican from Texas and the ranking member of the Agriculture Committee, is retiring. He has served in Congress since 2005.
Conaway is a well-regarded figure on Capitol Hill and has served as chairman of the House Ethics and Agriculture committees. He was on track to take GOP leadership of the House Intelligence Committee in coming years.
Conaway noted he was term limited from continuing his leadership post on the Agriculture Committee and that immediate opportunities to lead elsewhere were limited.
“So this is a perfect time as I transition,” Conaway said. “One of the things I’ve told folks all along—when I’m no longer in a leadership position, I’m coming home.”
Conaway reached the pinnacle of his career last year when he moved the massive farm bill spending package through Congress.
He also led the House investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And as a member and certified public accountant, he uncovered a massive fraud scandal at the House campaign arm during the 2008 cycle.
Source: Texas Tribune