Republican Rep. Dennis Ross (Fla.) is retiring from Congress at the end of the year.
Ross made the announcement that he will not seek reelection on Wednesday morning, shortly after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shared his decision not to run again in the fall.
“After thoughtful prayer and consideration, my wife Cindy and I decided that I will not seek re-election for a fifth-term in office,” Ross said in a statement.
Ross was not considered to be in any major electoral jeopardy — the nonpartisan Cook Political Report does not include his seat on its list of the most vulnerable seats in the House.
Republicans will likely be in the driver’s seat in the suburban Tampa district. But it’s possible that the combination of the open seat and Democratic enthusiasm puts the 15th District, which President Trump won by 10 points in 2016, in play.