Republican U.S. Senator Blunt will not seek reelection in 2022

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) asks questions during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs/Rules and Administration hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 3, 2021. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, a member of the Republican Senate leadership, said on Monday that he will not run for office in 2022, making him the latest Republican lawmaker in Congress to opt for retirement.

“After 14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in a video issued on Twitter.

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