Congressman Dave Trott (R-Birmingham) says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress.
Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief.
He said in a written statement that he’s ready to return to the private sector and spend more time with his family.
But he possibly faced a tough reelection bid next year, and The New York Times reported over the weekend that Trott was growing increasingly frustrated with President Trump.
He recently advised Trump in a tweet to spend more time on the golf course and stay away from microphones.
I think America needs more unity and less divisiveness…meaning @realDonaldTrump should focus more on golf & have less press conferences.
— Dave Trott (@repdavetrott) August 16, 2017
Trott’s decision will set off a scramble among Republicans and Democrats to find nominees to replace him. Michigan’s 11th District leans Republican, but even Republicans acknowledge it’s possible for a Democrat to take it.