Granger won't seek reelection

By Tony Bertuca / November 1, 2023 at 11:22 AM

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) has announced that she will not run for reelection in 2024.

Granager, who was first elected to Congress in 1996 and is the first female Republican House appropriations chair, said she plans to serve out the remainder of her term.

Over the years, Granger, who has also served as chair of the committee’s defense panel, has been known as a key supporter of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- and the Lockheed Martin facility located in her district that manufactures it.

“Although I am not running for re-election,” she said, “I plan to serve out the remainder of my term and work with our new speaker and my colleagues to advance our conservative agenda and finish the job I was elected to do.”

There remains plenty for Granger to do as the federal government faces a possible shutdown on Nov. 17 when a stopgap continuing resolution is set to expire.

The House, still reeling from weeks of chaos after the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who Granger supported, is also trying to move appropriations bills under new Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), including a standalone bill to aid Israel by cutting the Internal Revenue Service that the president has threatened to veto.