Home 2018 Elections Good Riddance, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (aka BADlatte)

Good Riddance, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (aka BADlatte)


Good riddance to one of the most damaging, destructive members of the U.S. House of Representatives —  Bob BADlatte – MANY years after his term-limit pledge expired. Pathetic. Now, can Barbara Comstock please choose to do the proverbial “spend more time with my family” thing? PLEASE?? And maybe worthless Rob Wittman?  Terrible Tom Garrett? Malignant Morgan Griffith? Doofus Dave Brat?

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following letter today announcing that he will not seek re-election in 2018:

Dear Friend,

When I first decided to run for Congress there were several things I wanted to achieve for the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. I had a strong passion for public service, a love of the law and the judicial system, and a deep appreciation for the people who call western and central Virginia home. These passions led me to serve on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees throughout my time in the House, and have shaped my work on policies impacting the American people. I’ve had the privilege to serve as Chairman of both of these committees, and I’ve been proud to work on policies that have become law and advance fiscal conservatism, personal liberty, economic growth, and limited government.

For the past 25 years, it has been my honor to represent the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have had the opportunity to serve and take part in the great experiment of self-government envisioned by our Founders. It has been a labor of love to work countless hours and travel endless miles on the roads of our District for a quarter of a century.

Every two years, Maryellen and I sat down to discuss whether to run again or not. When we discussed the 2018 election, the conversation ended a little differently than in past years. After much contemplation and prayer, we decided it was the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the Sixth District. I will not seek re-election. With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters.

While I’m not running for re-election, my work in the 115th Congress is far from done. There is much that I hope we can accomplish in the next year, including: bolstering enforcement of our immigration laws and reforming the legal immigration system, simplifying the tax code in order to stimulate job growth and benefit families in the Sixth District, enacting criminal justice reform, repealing Obamacare, advancing protections of the freedoms and liberties enshrined in our Constitution, and, of course, continuing first-class constituent service for the citizens of the Sixth District. I look forward to working with the House Leadership, the Senate, and President Trump in bringing real conservative change to our country.

I extend my deepest thanks to the people of Virginia’s Sixth District who have placed their trust in me. It is truly you who are the highlight of my time in elected office. I’ve had the good fortune of having an amazing staff team during my time in Congress – both in my Sixth District offices as well as in the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees. They’ve done excellent work, and I greatly value their commitment to serving the Sixth District and the American people. I’d also like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work over the years. I genuinely appreciate your friendship and support. And finally, none of this would have been possible without the love and support of my wife, Maryellen, and our children, Bobby, Jen, and Jen’s husband, Matt. They have my enduring love and gratitude.


I look forward to what the next chapter brings. Sincerely, Bob

  • Check out the full DCCC list below, of Republican-held districts on their “offensive battlefield.” Note that Virginia CDs include VA-02 – Scott Taylor; VA-05 – Tom Garrett; VA-VA-07 – Dave Brat; and VA-10 – Barbara Comstock.


  • A much more charitable, and completely undeserved, statement by Sen. Mark Warner:

    “Bob Goodlatte has served the people of Virginia in Congress for more than two decades. I have appreciated the opportunity to work with Congressman Goodlatte on a variety of issues important to our constituents in the Roanoke Valley. I thank him for a lifetime of public service, and extend him and Maryellen my very best wishes for the future.”

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  • RobertColgan

    A valued public “servant” for 25 years who evolved in office to lord it over his constituents.
    Wouldn’t even meet in public meetings with his constituents…. . . . .
    That’s the trouble with these lamebrains who come to believe they are actually “serving”——they’re not. They’re dishing it out, but on their terms and as they see fit to serve THEIR agenda, not the public’s. And THEIR agenda isn’t even their own—-it’s their corporate masters who tell them (ALEC, anyone?) what to do.

    I wish he had honored term limits…..or better, stayed in the private sector as a conscienceless lawyer.

    Pity the district is so gerrymandered that even a viable candidate like Andy Schmookler doesn’t have traction……unless Arlen Spector-like he manages to put an “R” behind his name. Then, maybe… I am starting to think that the way to win in a lot of these districts is to masquerade as something you’re not: the essence of campaign political rhetoric.

  • From Del. Sam Rasoul:

    Rasoul Responds to Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Retirement

    ROANOKE, VA – In light of the recent announcement from Rep. Goodlatte’s office, Del. Rasoul has issued the following statement:

    “I am offering my sincere thanks to Rep. Goodlatte for his years of public service.

    Tuesday’s election results have clearly shown that the people of the Commonwealth are looking for a direction that does not rely on the politics of fear and division.

    While many people have inquired, at this time, I am not considering a run in the 6th Congressional District. I am excited about the dramatic changes in the Virginia Assembly, and all of the legislative advances we can make in Virginia.”