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Republican Rep. Dave Trott from Troy not seeking re-election

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 12:10:31-04

Rep. Dave Trot, a Republican from Troy, announced on Monday he would not seek re-election in 2018.

In a statement, Trott, who represents Michigan's 11th congressional district, said the best course is to not run for re-election and instead spend more time with his family.

Trott faced harsh criticism earlier this year when he held a town hall in front of angry constituents in Novi. Many people were angry, chanting and asking multiple questions dealing with the Affordable Care Act, border security and more issues.

His entire statement is below:

"When I initially ran for Congress, I expressed my desire to serve as a citizen legislator in Washington. Our country's Founding Fathers envisioned a government where citizens leave private life, swerve for a brief time, and then return home to their communities. It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve the people of Southeast Michigan in Congress. Representing the eleventh district has been an honor, but I have decided not to seek reelection in 2018. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector. Over the next 16 months, I plan to continue serving the people I represent, working hard to advance real solutions for the American people, and to continue providing top-notch consitutent service. I am eager to continue working with my colleagues in Congress to achieve lasting reforms that will provide a better life for our children and future generations of Americans."