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Rep. Tom Graves to step down in October

September 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Representative Tom Graves, a Republican from Georgia, speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing with William Barr, U.S. attorney general, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Barr said he'll release Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report "within a week" and will offer some explanations for material he is withholding. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Rep. Tom Graves, a Republican representing Georgia's 14th Congressional District, announced Friday afternoon that he is planning to step down from Congress in October.

(CNN)Rep. Tom Graves, a Republican representing Georgia's 14th Congressional District, announced Friday afternoon that he is planning to step down from Congress in October.

"With the House planning to wrap up the People's business and the final report from the Modernization Committee set to be filed in the next few weeks, I intend to step down from Congress and begin the next chapter of life in October," Graves said in a statement.

Graves had already announced last year that he was not seeking reelection in November, but his announcement means he will depart the House early.

The news comes hours after the Democratic candidate running to replace Graves -- who was set to face Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican candidate with a history of incendiary and conspiracy-spreading comments -- dropped out of the race on Friday.

Greene's GOP primary runoff victory last month put her in a strong position to win in the fall in Georgia's 14th District -- a solid Republican seat, according to Inside Elections with Nathan L.

At least 23 Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection to the House, compared to at least six Democrats.

Those numbers don't include members who have announced plans to seek a different office.

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