Allentown, Pa. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey announced today that he will not seek another term in the United States Senate and will not run for Governor of Pennsylvania.
At a press conference this morning at Lehigh Valley Public Media, Senator Toomey said:
“My family and I have reached a decision and I wanted to share that with the people of Pennsylvania. And that is that I will not be running for re-election in 2022, and I will not be running for governor. I will serve out the remainder of my term, for a little over two years that are left on the current term. And after that, my plan is to go back to the private sector.
“I want to say very clearly that representing the people of Pennsylvania – this big, beautiful, complicated, diverse state – has been an extraordinary, amazing honor, and still is. And it’s been, by far, the highlight of my professional life. The reasons I have reached this decision are not political, they’re personal.”
You can watch Senator Toomey’s announcement here.
You can read Senator Toomey's full remarks below:
“My family and I have reached a decision and I wanted to share that with the people of Pennsylvania. And that is that I will not be running for re-election in 2022, and I will not be running for governor. I will serve out the remainder of my term for a little over two years that are left on the current term, and after that my plan is to go back to the private sector.
“I want to be very clear that representing the people of Pennsylvania -- this big, beautiful, complicated, diverse state -- has been an extraordinary, amazing honor, it still is and it's been by far the highlight of my professional life. The reasons that I have reached this decision are not political, they’re personal.
“The decision is consistent with the long-held view I've had in support of term limits. I committed myself to limiting my terms in the House. I didn't do that in the Senate but I always thought that I'd probably serve just two terms and often mentioned that along the way.
“But the real reasons are, by the time I finish this term, I will have been in public office for 18 years over a 24-year period. There was a six-year hiatus but even then, I was very involved in government and politics running the Club for Growth and spending two of those years running for the Senate. 18 years is a long time.
“And you know, all of that time our family has lived in Pennsylvania. That was the right decision for our family and I've spent as little time as I can in Washington -- coming back home as quickly as I can after the end of official business -- but it still ends up being a lot of time and a lot of time away from home. And I'm looking forward to more time back at home.
“I have no specific plans and I'm not going to spend time or energy thinking about what I'll do later until a good two years from now because I've got a lot of work still ahead of me. I'm really pleased with the work I've been able to do. These past 10 years have been extraordinary. I've focused on policies that I believe will help maximize opportunity and prosperity for Pennsylvania and across the country. I was grateful to be able to play a significant role on the tax reform, on regulatory relief, and trade policy.
“Pennsylvania Senator Casey and I have developed a great working relationship in filling vacancies on our federal bench. He and I together have outpaced every other divided delegation and almost every other delegation in the Senate in the category of filling vacancies on the federal bench. We've done so with just some wonderful, talented people across Pennsylvania. fighting the opioid crisis, fighting for victims of crime, standing with the police and law-enforcement, these are some of the things I focused on and I will continue to focus on over the course of these next two years.
“There will also be another time further down the road when I'll have a chance to give proper recognition and express my appreciation to the people who made my service possible. So literally millions of supporters across Pennsylvania to whom I will always be grateful for this opportunity. Staff that works for me across the commonwealth as well as in Washington. There's no doubt in my mind I've got the best staff in Washington. They are just incredibly talented capable men and women who get up every day and work as hard as they can to serve the people of Pennsylvania and our country, and they do a phenomenal job.
“And most of all my family especially my wife Kris. She and our family made a lot of unseen sacrifices over the years so that I would be able to pursue this passion.
“But as I say I've got two years left and my intention is to work as hard as I possibly can. I will have the luxury in a way of not having a campaign to manage at the same time. It is my hope that I'll be the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee because I am hopeful and cautiously optimistic that my Republican colleagues will prevail in a number of tough races and we will be in the majority. And I hope to be serving these last two years with President Donald Trump having been reelected. I support his campaign. I support his reelection. And I'm looking forward to the great things he and a Republican controlled Senate, together with a House of whatever political configuration it ends up being, what we can accomplish in the years ahead.”