Rep. Dave Camp won’t run again, another committee chair leaving the House
March 31st, 2014
06:23 PM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Dave Camp won’t run again, another committee chair leaving the House

Washington (CNN) - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, announced on Monday he will not run for reelection this year.

"This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family," Camp said in a statement.

Camp, who is serving his 12th term in Congress, is the fourth House Republican committee chairman to opt for retirement after the November election.

The others, all Republicans as well, are: California’s Buck McKeon of Armed Services; Washington state’s Doc Hastings of Natural Resources, and Michigan’s Mike Rogers of Intelligence.

Under House GOP rules, those holding top committee posts are limited to three terms in the job, and Camp's tenure at the tax-writing panel was due to expire after the current session of Congress.

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has indicated that he's interested in taking over the Ways and Means gavel next year.

Camp’s announcement raised to 23 the number of House members retiring this year. Thirteen are Republicans and the rest are Democrats.

Camp, 60, was diagnosed in 2012 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But he underwent chemotherapy and said late last year he was “cancer free.”

Last month, Camp rolled out a major overhaul of the nation's tax code, reducing the number of tax brackets to three – 10%, 25% and 35%.

But even GOP aides concede it's unlikely his proposal will move forward several months before the midterm election.

Camp had been working with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, on plans to cut deductions and loopholes in the current system. But he lost his chief Democratic ally when Baucus moved on to serve as Ambassador to China.

House Speaker John Boehner referred to the bill as "a discussion draft" and when pressed if he'd get behind it's specific proposals, the speaker waved off, saying "blah, blah, blah."

But Boehner, elected the same year as Camp, mentioned those reform efforts in a statement praising his colleague’s role in several major policy debates on Capitol Hill.

"He has been a leader in the fight to increase economic growth and help create more American jobs by reforming our tax code, pushing for more effective free trade agreements, and saving Social Security and Medicare for future generations," Boehner said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a statement saying Camp’s addition to a list of senior Republicans retiring instead of running for reelection is evidence of problems within the GOP.

“Yet another senior Republican committee chairman is abandoning John Boehner and his toxic Republican Congress,” the group’s chairman, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, said in a statement.

The statement also suggests Democrats see Camp’s retirement as a pick-up opportunity for the party in November.

But major political analysts rate it as a safe GOP seat. Camp won it with more than 63% of the vote in 2012. And Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried Camp's central Michigan district 53%-45% in 2012.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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  1. Pete

    Wether a Dem or repub ,good luck to him in his future after fighting cancer..Cancer as a disease is a humbling one no matter how high you are in life..And after his fight for his life his decision to be with his family ,future away from the harshness of politics is more easier to swallow than ever..Again good luck sir and just enjoy life one day at a time...And remember cancer is only a word,not a sentence!!I know I'm also a survivor...

    March 31, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Mr. Balls

    Loosing the "gavel" is causing Republicans to abandon Congress like rats on a sinking ship.

    March 31, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Bubba

    Another one bites the Dust.

    March 31, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Richard. Thompson

    1 down 434 more to go! And lets not forget the 100 Senators too! They all must be shown the door!

    March 31, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    Politics have become so toxic. Why anyone in their right mind would want to run for office is beyond me. Good luck and good health to you, sir.

    March 31, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    All republicans should resign for the damage they have done to our country by fighting the ACA, and voting for repeal 54 times. And to think they shut down the government at a cost of $24 billiion, and red staters hurt 5 million who were eligible for Medicaid. 7 million Americans signed up for private insurance, 3.5 million students, and 5 million were added to Medicaid without the help of a single republican.

    March 31, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    There seems to be that from appearances of things. Maybe these members are planning on pushing something that would get them a primary challenge. It could be that they received a job offer to be a lobbyist or consultant for a company that pays a lot more than being a member of Congress.

    March 31, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Did I forget to tell you doubters that 7 million signed up? Seniors saved billions of dollars thanks to ACA. No more death panels, no more death spirals, only the death of a once proud Republican Party, but they earned their demise.

    March 31, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. sammy750

    Speaker Boehner and the Republicans will introduce a bill in the House banning and forbidding any climate changes in the USA. It will make it illegal for scientists to study, discuss or write about climate change. A few Republicans states have already passed bills making it illegal to study climate, now Boehner and the Republicans want the entire school of climate change to be closed down. No funds can be spent or can any scientist study climate changes. The Republicans say it is a Democratic fraud placed on this nation. This is a serious matter that Republicans will risk the future of this nation and it people by such action. Write and email your representatives if you against this bill.

    March 31, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Jimh77

    I think the American people are tired of both parties actions , or in-actions over the past few years. These people in Washington need to all get out. They are bringing the nation to it's knees. We are better than that and America deserves much better than the scum we presently have in Washington from the Top on down. It needs to be cleansed.

    March 31, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Larry L

    "Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has indicated that he's interested in taking over the Ways and Means gavel next year."

    The last thing America needs is "Lyin' Ryan" in charge of Ways and Means. He's been dying to hand Social Security over to Wall Street and turn Medicare in to a gift to the private insurance industry.

    March 31, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Scott

    Camp was one of a handful of Republicans out to improve things rather than just resorting to partisan sniping. I don't expect much will happen in the next two years. Obama is a lame duck and Congress is out of touch and lazy as well.

    March 31, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. The Truth the Light and the Way

    Notice that those retiring are low keyed and mostly hard wotking folks. Maybe they are just damn tired of all the silly politics, as are most Americans.

    March 31, 2014 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    I think our Michigan colleagues liked this man and his ideas on taxes and his working with his senate opposite number hence his win and that of Romneys.
    If the Republicans put a Tparty, Koch supported guy they will lose this house seat.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 1, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. jason

    good news does trickle down...wish Reaganomics also followed suit

    April 1, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  16. Teapotters Party

    He know the teapotters party is not on the winning USA side

    April 1, 2014 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Good riddance. November comes quickly.

    April 1, 2014 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  18. Larry

    Thank You for your service. Now please go!

    April 1, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  19. J Anthony

    Where are the jobs Mr Boehner? O yes, that was just politics.

    April 1, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  20. blue max

    another chance for the grown ups to take back the house.

    April 1, 2014 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  21. salty dog

    They are all going to continue corrupting our system, from the outside now, he will be a lobbyist . Good riddens just the same.

    April 1, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  22. Are you kidding me?

    Please please please get out and vote the republicans out. The are a cancer for this country and have no interest in their voters. They care more about pleasing their rich pals, FOX news, and the Kochs. That is not leadership.

    April 1, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  23. Norma Vessels

    13 Republicans retiring ... 10 Democrats retiring. The odds look better for Democrats now, thank goodness.

    April 1, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  24. Norma Vessels

    Many have an impression that the Democrats in the Senate are lazy, or they won't do anything to help us. Wrong. They have sent a Jobs Bill to the House more than once, only to be turned down, smack! They've sent Bills to help build up our roads, our factories, only to be turned down flat, smack! They've offered to work with the Republicans on the HealthCare Bill, only to be turned down flat, smack! So many times, they've fought against the Republicans in the House that wanted to do away with Food stamps, the post office, Social Security and Medicare, and the Republicans have succeeded in a partial take over, by reducing them. The Republicans in the House have the majority in the House, and nothing can pass without their approval. They are not going to approve anything that will help our President Obama look anywhere near caring. The Senate is stuck, until we get those Republicans out of the House, or at least get it to where they don't have the majority any more. We have to vote this November. It's just as important that we do, as in the Presidential election of 2016. Please, vote this November.

    April 1, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Things That Make You Say Hmm:

    Lots of pleasant comments, some even from the more progressive voices. Contrast this to when a Democrat makes a similar announcement. Lots of pleasant comments, with some rather unpleasant ones from the more regressive voices.

    April 1, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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