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Freedom Caucus Founder Rep. Matt Salmon Announces Retirement

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By    |   Friday, 26 Feb 2016 11:25 AM

Rep. Matt Salmon, a rising-star Republican who co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, says he's retiring from politics after his current term ends so he can spend more time with his family.

"The most important job I have is that of husband and father, and over the years I've missed far too many opportunities to spend time with my family," Salmon, a father of four and grandfather of seven, revealed on his official government website.

"I truly believe that they should come first in my life, and after much soul-searching I've decided against running for reelection."

The 58-year-old Arizona lawmaker first served from 1995 to 2001 after which he lost to Janet Napolitano in the Arizona governor's race. He returned to Congress after winning back his old seat in 2012.

"When I returned to the House of Representatives in 2013, the president's disastrous policies were putting our nation at risk, both at home and abroad," Salmon said.

"Over the past three years, I've worked to curtail the largest expansion of peacetime spending in America's history by working with members from both sides of the aisle.  This is something to be proud of."

Salmon told his Grand Canyon State constituents they have "my word [that] I won't be stopping my fight for our nation's future, but I will be continuing it as a constituent in the Valley of the Sun.

"It has been an honor serving the constituents of Arizona's Fifth District and I look forward to seeing you back home in Arizona."

Salmon serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Last year, Salmon co-founded the Freedom Caucus, a nine-member group of anti-establishment conservatives touting themselves as "a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them," supporting "open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law …"

The caucus was instrumental in helping boot Rep. John Boehner of Ohio from his longtime position as House speaker.

Last year, after a closed-door meeting with John McCain, Salmon opted not to challenge Arizona's senior senator in his bid for a sixth term this fall — despite pressure from tea party-aligned groups like Club for Growth and Citizens United, to do so.

In 1999, Salmon was behind a movement to have Ronald Reagan added to the lineup of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, whose faces are carved into the southeast face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

That bid, based on Reagan's efforts to end the Cold War, was unsuccessful.

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