Dave Camp will not seek re-election
Congressman Dave Camp has announced he will not run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a statement Monday afternoon, Camp (R-MI) said the decision was reached after "much consideration and discussion" with his family.
"Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life," Camp said in a statement. "I am deeply grateful to the people of the fourth Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration."
Camp, who serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, battled cancer last year and has spent much of his time since working to overhauling the current tax code.
"Over the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net and finding new markets for U.S. goods and services."
Several Michigan politicians have since reached out to show their appreciation to Camp for his years of service.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released the following statement:
"I have long admired Dave Camp's tireless dedication to reforming taxes and fiscal responsibility, and under his leadership as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he has helped guide our country's economic, health and social policies. Dave Camp is truly a man of the people, and his commitment to his constituents and to customer service has helped make him one of the most respected members of Michigan's Congressional delegation for more than 20 years."
"Residents throughout mid and northern Michigan have come to know and trust Camp for more than two decades, and our state is going to miss his steady leadership in Washington, D.C. On behalf of our entire state, I thank Dave Camp for his service and I wish him and his family nothing but the best for the future."
State Senator John Moolenaar released the following statement:
"Congressman Dave Camp has been a tireless advocate for the people of mid-Michigan as a champion for hard-working families. As a chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Camp has led the way, from reining in the IRS to his tireless efforts to simplify our nation's tax code. Dave is a pillar of our community and one of the most respected men in Washington. His leadership in Washington and Michigan will be greatly missed. We should all be proud of his service."
Attorney General Bill Schuette released the following statement:
"Dave Camp has been an outstanding Congressman for mid-Michigan and for America. His ability to reach consensus on a wide variety of issues from trade and export policies to adoption and tax reform has been exceptional. The Congress will miss Dave's expertise and steady hand. Mid-Michigan will miss his phenomenal leadership."