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Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling announced he will not seek re-election next year. Hensarling said it's the right time to depart from Congress and spend more time with his family. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election next year.

Hensarling is the latest on a list of Republicans who've recently made similar announcements. Last week, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, an open critic of President Donald Trump, dropped his bombshell on the Senate floor, where he offered a critique of the state of U.S. politics today. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, another Trump critic, previously announced his retirement at the end of his current term.

A staunch constitutional conservative, Hensarling chairs the Financial Services Committee and has represented Texas' 5th District in the Dallas area since he was elected in 2002, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned," Hensarling said in a statement.

In his statement, Hensarling said he will continue "the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited constitutional government — the causes for which I remain passionate" throughout the final 14 months of his term, Roll Call reported.

Hensarling, who is term-limited out of his chairmanship at the end of this Congress, said it's the right time to depart from Congress and spend more time with his family.

Have other Texas Republicans decided not to seek re-election?

Yes. Rep. Sam Johnson (R) announced in January that he will retire at the end of his term.

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