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Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana announced Friday that she will leave politics when her current term ends.
In saying she won’t seek re-election in 2024, Spartz, 44, becomes the first member of the House to announce retirement in the current election cycle, according to NBC News.
Spartz was elected to Congress in 2020 after a political career that began in 2017 in the Indiana state Senate.
“It’s been my honor representing Hoosiers in the Indiana State Senate and U.S. Congress and I appreciate the strong support on the ground,” she Friday in a statement.
Spartz said “2024 will mark seven years of holding elected office and over a decade in Republican politics. I won a lot of tough battles for the people and will work hard to win a few more in the next two years. However, being a working mom is tough and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home, so I will not run for any office in 2024.”
Spartz had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2024 election, according to Fox News. Republican Sen. Mike Braun, who currently occupies the seat, has said he will run for governor. Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana last month launched his campaign for the Senate seat.
Spartz emigrated from Ukraine in 2000, according to the Indianapolis Star.
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