Henry Rodgers on April 11, 2018

Florida Republican Rep. Dennis Ross announced that he would not seek re-election Wednesday after serving eight years in Congress.

Ross’ announcement comes the same day Speaker Paul Ryan said he would not seek re-election. Ross said his decision had nothing to do with Ryan’s, mentioning that he wanted to go back home to practice law, teach college classes, and spend more time with his family.

“Eight years takes its toll on you. When you feel like a stranger in your hometown, it’s time to say, ‘There’s got to be an exit strategy at some point,’” Ross said in an interview with The Tampa Bay Times. “My wife and I decided this is a good time. I never wanted to do it for a career. I’m looking forward to getting back to practicing law. I really want to work in a university environment as well”

Ross is one of at least 28 Republicans who are presently not seeking reelection. Fifteen Democrats are also retiring after the 2018 mid-terms. (RELATED: Another House Republican Retires, Should The GOP Sound The Alarms?)

The Florida Republican joined Congress in 2010 and was a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

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