Davis Announces Retirement
Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., announced Thursday evening he would not seek reelection in 2012, becoming the first Republican this cycle to retire outright rather than seek higher office.
"In order to devote more time to my family, I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives," Davis said in a statement. "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."
In his fourth term, the 53-year-old Davis was elected in 2004 in closely-watched open seat contest that pitted him against Democrat Nick Clooney, a local columnist and commentator and the father of actor George Clooney. He won the seat by 10 points, and had been reelected easily since. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he is chairman of the Human Resources subcommittee.