Rep. Charles Dent, R-NY, a moderate Republican, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2018.
Dent, who co-chairs the Tuesday Group in the House, said he would retire during an interview with the Washington Post.
“Accomplishing the most basic fundamental tasks of governance is becoming far too difficult,” he told the newspaper. “It shouldn’t be, but that’s reality.”
Dent later issued a statement announcing his retirement, explaining how congressional dysfunction played a role in his decision.
“I have done my best to make a meaningful, positive impact. As a member of the governing wing of the Republican Party, I’ve worked to instill stability, certainty and predictability in Washington. I’ve fought to fulfill the basic functions of Government, like keeping the lights on and preventing default,” he said in the statement. “Regrettably, that has not been easy given the disruptive outside influences that profit from increased polarization and ideological rigidity that leads to dysfunction, disorder and chaos.”