(CNN) - Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky announced Thursday he won't run to keep his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives next year, citing a desire to spend more time with family.
"I thank the people of Kentucky's Fourth District for this honor and look forward to continued service to our community and to our Republic in other capacities as I return to the private sector," he said in a statement.
The four-term congressman served as chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources. A former Army ranger and parachutist, Davis also worked closely with issues related to national defense and the military.
He made headlines in 2004 when he defeated the father of actor George Clooney, Nick Clooney, who challenged him from the left for the seat.
"I am grateful that I live in a country where a boy like me, growing up with little hope, could walk a path by God's grace that has allowed me to encounter His peace, the joy of true love, and service at the highest levels of our elected national government. Truly, we are blessed in this Republic," he said.
because he would have been booted off anyway.