Pence decides not to file again for Congress

Note: This story has been updated

Columbus Congressman Greg Pence is announcing that he will not file for reelection.

The Republican Pence, brother to former Vice President Mike Pence, was first elected to Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District in 2018. The former VP held the same seat in Congress for 12 years before running for governor.

Congressman Pence, a former Marine, said that he approached the job with purpose and felt he was ready to serve again, when he decided to run in 2017.

As a Marine, Pence served in Beiruit, Lebanon just before the attack on the Marine barracks in 1983 killed 241 service members including 220 Marines. In his first year in office, he championed the OORAH Act which sought to get restitution from Iran for the families of Marines killed in the attack. He has also introdued resolutions in Congress on the anniversaries of the attack, honoring those killed.

Pence said that after three terms, he has decided not to seek re-election but will spend the remainder of his term, focused on delivering constituent services.

He said: “To the voters in Indiana’s 6th District – it is a privilege and honor to represent you in our Nation’s capital.”