According to Fox News, U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) has just announced that she will not be seeking reelection at the end of her term.
In other words, Spartz is retiring from the U.S. Congress in 2025, at the end of her current term.
Spartz announced her retirement in a statement that she released on Friday, Feb. 3.
Spartz begins the statement by saying:
It’s been my honor representing Hoosiers in the Indiana State Senate and U.S. Congress and I appreciate the strong support on the ground. 2024 will mark seven years of holding elected office and over a decade in Republican politics. I won a lot of tough battles for the people and will work hard to win a few more in the next two years.
From here, Spartz goes on to offer an explanation for why she will not be pursuing reelection. The reason appears to be family.
"[B]eing a working mom is tough and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home, so I will not run for any office in 2024," she said.
This, according to the Daily Caller, makes Spartz the first member of the 118th Congress to announce retirement.
Spartz has been representing Indiana's Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2020, when she was first elected. Spartz was reelected in the 2022 midterm elections by 22 percentage points.
In recent times, Spartz, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is a native of Ukraine, has become known for her messaging on the Russia-Ukraine war.
Spartz has been critical of both U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and she has voiced concern about possible corruption in Ukraine, particularly with regard to the military aid provided by the U.S.
It is expected that Spartz's U.S. House seat will remain in Republican hands, despite her retirement.
Spartz is the second member of Indiana's U.S. House delegation to announce that they will not be seeking reelection. The other member is U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).
In contrast to Spartz, Banks is retiring from the U.S. House to make a run for the U.S. Senate. Banks is looking to take over for outgoing U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), who has announced that he is leaving the U.S. Senate in order to try to become the next governor of Indiana.
Spartz's retirement means that Spartz is one less person whom Banks will have to contend with over Braun's seat.