As Matt Salmon announces his retirement from Congress, the “I want to spend more time with the family,” line raises the curiosity factor a notch or two. Previously, Arizona’s CD 5 U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, who served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2001, honored his term limit pledge and did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2000. He returned after being reelected in 2012, and is now leaving after two terms.
A former chairman of the state Republican Party and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Salmon disappoints with his out-the-door endorsement of the far less than conservative Marco Rubio for President.
Salmon is the 23rd House member to announce retirement at the end of this Congressional term.
His statement, “Why I’m leaving Congress,” can be read here.
In this interview with The Arizona Republic the East Valley Republican revealed his plans to endorse Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him and will chair Biggs’ campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.