WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement on Rep. Roy Blunt's decision not to seek reelection as House Republican Whip:
“I am sorry to learn that Congressman Roy Blunt will not be seeking reelection as House Republican Whip. For years, Roy has been a good friend of mine. In an increasingly partisan Washington, he is one of those legislators who enjoy genuine friendships on the other side of the aisle—and I know I’m not the only Democrat sorry to see him leave his party’s leadership. Although we often disagree on policy, I always appreciate his willingness to work together to seek common ground, to making this branch of government work, and to achieving principled, bipartisan compromise. I look forward to working with Representative Blunt in the new Congress.
“Congressman Blunt earned our respect with his civility and constructive contributions to the work of this House. I sincerely hope that his successors in the Republican leadership will follow his example.”