Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger announces bid for powerful House committee

Posted January 31, 2018

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen ( R-11th Dist.), a congressman from Harding whose support for President Trump and the conservative GOP agenda has prompted the first serious opposition of his career, announced on Monday that he will retire when his 12th term expires.

"I have worked in a bipartisan manner, not just in times of crisis but always, because I believe it best serves my constituents, my state and our country", his statement added. "My father (a former USA representative himself) reminded me often that we are temporary stewards of the public trust. I have sincerely endeavored to earn that trust every day".

When he voted for the House GOP bill to repeal and replace the health care law a year ago, he received heavy backlash from some in his district. That lead has, however, diminished in the weeks following the passage of the tax bill, according to a new poll from CNN.

Four other family relatives served as US senators, including his great-great-great-great-grandfather, Frederick Frelinghuysen, who was one of the framers of the first Constitution of New Jersey and a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. "With veteran and former federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill's strong candidacy, and the abysmal approval ratings of Speaker Ryan's Republican Congress, Democrats are confident that this seat will turn blue next November", Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Evan Lukaske said. It raises the number of open Republican-held seats going into November to 33, and the number of committee chairs heading to the exits to eight.

"Congressman Frelinghuysen's record of service to New Jersey's 11th district will be remembered for decades to come", Stivers said in a statement. They were denied signature wins under President Barack Obama — but they have not managed such wins under President Donald Trump, at least so far.

Trump's sagging popularity is weighing on once-safe Republicans in educated, wealthier suburban districts such as Frelinghuysen's, where some residents could be negatively affected by provisions in the new tax law that went into effect this year. She has raised over $744,000 as of December.

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Before running for Congress as a Republican, Granger was a nonpartisan mayor of Fort Worth from 1991 to 1995.

Mr. Frelinghuysen hails from a famous New Jersey political family and is in his 12th term.

Rep. Kay Granger will vie to become the first woman ever to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee next year, as she bids to head the panel that makes key decisions on how trillions of federal dollars are spent.

But the politics of 2017 took a toll. Top Republicans expressed a desire for Frelinghuysen to be stripped of his chairmanship for not backing the bill. Even before Frelinghuysen announced his retirement, the race was expected to be competitive in the midterms.

Elizabeth Juviler, the co-executive director of NJ 11th for Change, a nonpartisan group promoting political transparency, said they had been pushing Frelinghuysen to meet with constituents for months to talk about issues important to them and he had refused.