GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin said he won’t seek re-election this year because he wants to spend more time with his family.
The three-term Republican from Sherwood announced his decision in a statement Saturday. The 59-year-old said he wants to dedicate more time to his wife, DeaNa, their two grown children and three grandchildren.
Ribble also noted that when he first ran for Congress, he promised to limit his service to a maximum of four terms.
“Additionally, I’ve always said elected office shouldn’t be a career. I come from the private sector and am anxious to return to it and to a more private life,” Ribble said.
Ribble ran his family’s roofing business before running for the U.S. House in 2010, when he unseated Democratic incumbent Steve Kagen in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District. He was Wisconsin’s lone representative on the House Agriculture Committee during passage of the most recent farm bill.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker praised Ribble in a Tweet, saying his friend “has done a great job for his district & his state! Thanks Reid!”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsin Republican, praised his colleague in a statement released Sunday.
“Serving with Reid Ribble in the people’s House has been an honor,” Ryan said. “He has played a critical role in advancing conservative reforms, and has served his constituents well. His presence will be missed, but we are grateful for his many contributions to Wisconsin and the country.”
Ribble represents a northeastern Wisconsin district centered on Green Bay. He left the conservative Freedom Caucus in October after concluding its tactics were hurting the GOP.
Last month, Ribble said he would not support Donald Trump if the billionaire real estate mogul is the Republican presidential nominee.
State Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, state Sen. Frank Lasee, a De Pere Republican, and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, a Democrat, have all said they are considering running for Ribble’s seat.
Other prominent elected officials from the district are being discussed as possible candidates, including former Rep. Chad Weininger, a Republican from Green Bay, and Sen. Roger Roth, a Republican from Appleton. They did not return voicemails for comment.