Congressman Matt Salmon announced on Thursday that he will not seek reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 2016.
Salmon released the following statement Thursday along with the announcement:
“When I returned to the House of Representatives in 2013, the President’s disastrous policies were putting our nation at risk, both at home and abroad. Over the past three years, I’ve worked to curtail the largest expansion of peacetime spending in America’s history by working with members from both sides of the aisle. This is something to be proud of.
“But the most important job I have is that of husband and father, and over the years I’ve missed far too many opportunities to spend time with my family. I truly believe that they should come first in my life, and after much soul-searching I’ve decided against running for reelection."
Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded to the announcement via Twitter:
Received call from @RepMattSalmon who's not running for re-election, he's most honorable, honest person I have met in my political career.
— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) February 25, 2016
Salmon first took office as a member of the Arizona State Senate in 1991. He later served five terms on and off from 1994 until 2016 in the House of Representatives for Arizona’s 5th district.
Salmon also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.