He is the 15th member of the House Republican caucus — five of them from Texas — to announce a resignation, retirement or plans to run for another office next year. By contrast, only three Democrats have announced plans to voluntarily exit the chamber, which their party controls.
Flores, a retired oil and gas executive, first won his seat by defeating a longtime Democratic incumbent. His Central Texas district has since become reliably Republican.
Flores serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has been active in the Republican Study Committee, which had been the caucus of the House’s most conservative members.
Several of the Republican retirements have been in increasingly competitive districts; in three of them, GOP incumbents won reelection by fewer than five percentage points in 2018. But others are in safer districts.
Last year, Flores prevailed with nearly 57 percent of the vote.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who on Friday announced his plans to retire, won reelection by a landslide last year and hails from a GOP stronghold.
During an interview Thursday on WTAW-AM radio in College Station, Tex., Flores expressed optimism that his district would remain in Republican hands.
“It’s a center-right district,” he said. “There are a lot of thoughtful conservative leaders out there, particularly next generation, that I think will decide to serve the public and to get engaged.”
In his statement, Flores said his family had “evolved substantially” in the nearly 10 years since he first ran for Congress.
“Gina lost her father, we picked up a daughter-in-law, added four awesome grandkids and watched my Mom and Dad move further along their senior years,” Flores said. “My job as Representative has made it difficult to spend as much time with Gina and the rest of my family as I would like.”