In this March 28, 2017, file photo, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., leaves a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. Yoho announced Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019, that he will not seek another term, after spending nearly eight years in congress. Yoho represents the state's 3rd District in northern Florida, which encompasses Gainesville. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Yoho Will Not Seek Re-Election To Congressional Seat


U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, a Republican who has represented a chunk of North Florida since getting elected in 2012, announced Tuesday he will not seek another term next year.

Yoho became the second GOP congressman from Florida who has said he will leave Congress after the 2020 elections, following U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, whose district is in Southwest Florida.

“It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to serve the best district in Florida — District 3,” Yoho said in a Facebook post. “The people make it the best place and you are the reason it was such an honor to be your Representative in the United States Congress. Our Nation is the best on the planet and as time passes, new ideas need to be instilled to preserve the Republic we’ve been blessed with.”

Yoho’s district is made up of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Union and part of Marion counties.  Six candidates — four Democrats and two Republicans — have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for the seat.

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