Rep. Sue Myrick won't seek re-election
February 7th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Sue Myrick won't seek re-election

(CNN) - Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress, announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election.

"Thanks for the trust you have placed in us all these years," Myrick said in a statement on her Facebook page. "We will spend the rest of the year working on the issues that are important to all of you – and I hope to be a positive influence in all our negotiations."

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The nine-term congresswoman represents North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, which includes portions of Gaston, Union and Mecklenburg Counties. Prior to her years on Capitol Hill, she served as mayor of Charlotte.

She's the third House member from the state to announce a decision against running for re-election. Following the results of a new redistricting map, Democratic Reps. Brad Miller and Heath Shuler also retire after completing their terms in 2013.

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, who was expected to face a tough battle for re-election in the fall, also recently announced she will not run.

Myrick is the 15th Republican to pass on a House re-election bid, while 20 Democrats will not be seeking to keep their seats.

Democrats need 25 seats to re-capture the chamber.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • House of Representatives • North Carolina
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Nine terms is long enough, time to go. They shall all be limited to 12 years: 6 terms in the House, 2 terms in the Senate. No more career politicans.

    February 7, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now if that crazy woman, Virginia Foxx, would resign, there would be one less vote for fascism in congress.

    February 7, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    If this were a Dem the Repubs would be fabricating stories about her wanting to run away from the mistakes of the GOP leadership.

    February 7, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    I smell scandal.

    February 7, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Do we really want to see more uncompromising Tea Party freshmen in the House?

    February 7, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Thomas

    No more insider trading , it's better to move over to K street .

    Thanks for years of commitment.

    February 7, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Change your underwear....

    February 7, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Obama Cares

    She didn't help get the country moving in the right direction after Bush put the hurt on us. Good riddance.

    February 7, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Do we really want to see more uncompromising Tea Party freshmen in the House
    What you want is irrelevant. It is what you will get thanks to Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Deal with it.

    February 7, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Mike from Calgary

    The Rats, I mean the Republicans, have started to leave their sinking ship. Bush is like the Captain of the Italian Cruis ship that holed itself and started sinking, Bush left the ship and McCain suspended his presidential campaign in October 2008, paralyzed by the magnitude of the disaster the Republican had created ... and Mitt "I like to loot Pension Funds" Romney is making stump speeches like a concussed punch drunk boxer or hockey "enforcer".

    February 7, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. cali girl

    I am surprised. A rightie gone. And truth has no nice things to say about her?

    February 7, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Willie Floyd

    1 less Rep.–great, just keep the momentum going!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 7, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    What you want is irrelevant. It is what you will get thanks to Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Deal with it.
    Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks, you needed that.

    February 7, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. westward

    My family have lived years under her lack of representation. They have nothing but horrible things to say about Myrick whenever name comes up. Good riddance, deadweight.

    February 7, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair


    I smell scandal.
    Why do you never "smell scandal" when it's a dem retiring?

    February 7, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Kevin


    What the matter, you know how to spell the word truth, yet you wouldn't know the truth if it was your President. To bad for you that the rethugzz only know how to lie, and they know you will believe any thing, and you do believe anything, all the lies.

    Poor, Poor truth, he think their for he is dumb, and yes most rethugzz are DUMB FAKE NEWS VIEWS.

    February 7, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Fla.Pete

    Hey Truth your Repub obstructionist are looking like rats jumping from a sinking ship.She's stole enough to live on ,so let her go.Everyone's seeing the light with YOUR OLD MO.Dems will take back the house and senate and make sure we will hold on to it this time.Independent voters are sick of the mud slinging,hypocrites commenting on hypocrites,what a concept.POTUS doesn't have to raise a finger,may run unopposed,wouldn't that be a kick in your rear, TRUTH....Truth hurts doesn't it,have a nice day...

    February 7, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    One less rethuglican is always a good thing, no matter what the reason is.

    And to TRUTH's first post, we already have term limits, they're called ELECTIONS.

    February 7, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Grand Oil Party

    She's already got that lucrative historian job at some giant corporation.

    February 7, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |