JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Republican U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw will not be running for re-election in November, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
After a great deal of reflection, I have decided not to seek re-election this fall. Representing the Congressional District where my family has lived for four generations has been a tremendous privilege. I am proud of the work we have accomplished for the citizens of Northeast Florida and our nation during my time in Congress. Progress is measured in projects completed and lives impacted, and I think we made a difference. Now, it is time to turn the page on this chapter of my life and see what’s next," Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw, 71, has represented Florida's 4th Congressional District for the past eight terms and serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
Crenshaw told News4Jax he's not sure what's next for him.
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"I really have no idea. The main thing is I realize in my life right now it was time for change, time to turn the page," Crenshaw said. "I don't know what is next, but I've got a year to finish the work I started here in Congress. That is quite a load. Once that's over, I'll be thinking about what to do next. I just really don't have any idea."
Crenshaw is a third-generation resident of Northeast Florida. He attended Robert E. Lee High School, the University of Georgia on a basketball scholarship and later received his law degree from the University of Florida.
“The last couple weeks when I was home in Jacksonville, my wife and I talked a lot about what we want to do in the future and what a tremendous privilege it's been to represent this community where my family's lived for four generations," Crenshaw said. "I thought about some of the accomplishments we've been involved in. It seems like the right time to say, 'We're going to turn the page on this chapter of my life and see what's next.' I'm looking forward to what's next. It's a privilege to serve. I'm proud of what we've done and been able to accomplish a lot for the constituents as well as our country.”