Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022. He will be the fifth GOP senator to announce his intention to retire ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
The senator released a video statement noting his long tenure in office and political successes. He focused on his perspective of “getting the job done,” saying:
It’s also helped me understand what it takes to help create an environment of opportunity. I’ve worked for things that can make a better prepared work force and where we live. When you combine that with transportation systems that work, utility bills families can pay, no more government regulations than we have to have, good family-supporting jobs follow.
A personal message from Roy. pic.twitter.com/G9VuG7rvDL
— RoyBluntMO (@RoyBluntMO) March 8, 2021
Blunt becomes the fifth Republican Senator to announce retirement following the current term.
His tenure included serving in the U.S. Senate since 2010, currently ranking fourth in Republican leadership. Blunt also served seven terms in the House.
The statement comes shortly after former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced he was considering a run for Senate in his state.
Blunt’s announcement will likely lead to a competitive Republican primary to replace the senator. Potential candidates in addition to Greitens include state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, and Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.
Three Democrats have also already entered the 2022 Missouri Senate race. They include former State Senator Scott Sifton, Marine veteran Lucas Kunce and activist Tim Shepard.
The announcement will certainly attract national attention from both parties, as the Senate remains a 50-50 tie. The news also adds to a competitive field of candidates in which former President Donald Trump intends to strongly influence toward attempts to regain power in the House and potentially the Senate.