US Rep. Dave Trott announces he will not seek reelection in 2018

Republican David Trott a candidate for Michigan's 11th congressional district stands next to his wife Kappy during an interview at his election night party in Troy Mich. In a statement Monday Sept. 11 2017 Rep. Dav

Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress. Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. In a statement Monday, the representative said he wishes to return home to spend more time with his family and "return to the private sector". Trott defeated former U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in 2014.

Trott is the third House Republican in a competitive district to announce in the last several days to announce his retirement. Trott tweeted the next day: "I think America needs more unity and less divisiveness ... meaning?realDonaldTrump should focus more on golf & have less press conferences".

Trott's decision follows GOP moderates Rep. Dave Reichert and Rep. Charlie Dent announcing that they both plan not to seek re-election in 2018.

Rick Pluta reports on Congressman Dave Trott's decision to not run for reelection.

In the November 2016 general election, Trott defeated Democrat Anil Kumar by almost 16 percent or 129,349 votes to 92,626 votes.

The 11th Congressional District includes parts of Oakland and Wayne counties and is the kind of suburban seat with more college-educated voters that Democrats already were hoping to seize in the 2018 midterm elections.

So far, two candidates, both democrats, have filed to run for Trott's seat including Fayrouz Saad, former Detroit director of immigration affairs and Haley Stevens, former chief of staff for the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry. Trott's announcement may prompt more Democrats such as state Rep. Tim Greimel to jump in.

Nine of Michigan's 13 US representatives are Republicans.

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