Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett of Virginia announced Monday that he will no longer seek re-election, saying he needs to work on recovering from alcoholism and renewing his commitment to his family.
Garrett made the announcement in a video recorded at the state capitol in Richmond. It was first reported by The Washington Post.
“Any person — Republican, Democrat or Independent — who’s known me for any period of time and has any integrity, knows two things: I am a good man and I am an alcoholic,” Garrett said. “This is the hardest statement that I have ever publicly made, by far.”
A former prosecutor and state senator, Garrett is a libertarian-leaning conservative who advocated for looser marijuana laws and was a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
Garrett joins a long list of Republican lawmakers who are retiring instead of seeking re-election, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.