The Green Papers
Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats
at the time of the 2017 General Election

Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats...
Open (incumbent not running for re-election)
No incumbent running
Uncontested (one candidate running)
Multiple incumbents running

IncumbentPartyOfficeReason for not seeking re-election
Senator Jeff FlakeRepublicanSenate Class 1Open Seat. 24 October 2017: Will not seek re-election in 2018.
Congressman Trent FranksRepublicanHouse CD 8Vacant Office. 7 December 2017: "This morning I notified House leadership that I will be leaving Congress as of January 31st, 2018."
8 December 2017: "... the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today ...."
Congressman Kyrsten SinemaDemocraticHouse CD 9Open Seat. 28 September 2017: Running for the Senate Class 1 Seat in 2018.
Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.DemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Governor John W. HickenlooperDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Jared PolisDemocraticHouse CD 2Open Seat. 11 June 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
Governor Dannel P. "Dan" MalloyDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. 13 April 2017: Will not run for re-election in 2018.
Governor Richard L. "Rick" ScottRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Ileana Ros-LehtinenRepublicanHouse CD 27Open Seat. 30 April 2017: Not running for re-election.
Governor John Nathan "Nathan" DealRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Colleen Wakako HanabusaDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. 1 September 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
Governor C.L. "Butch" OtterRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. 14 October 2014: "Won't run for a fourth term" in 2018.
Congressman Raúl Rafael LabradorRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 9 May 2017: Announced he is a candidate for Governor in 2018.
Congressman Luis V. GutierrezDemocraticHouse CD 4Open Seat. 28 November 2017: "Will not be seeking re-election...."
Congressman Theodore Edward "Todd" RokitaRepublicanHouse CD 4Open Seat. 9 August 2017: Candidate for the Senate Class 1 seat in 2018.
Congressman Allen Lucas "Luke" MesserRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 26 July 2017: Running for the Class 1 Senate Seat in 2018.
Governor Samuel D. "Sam" BrownbackRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. 27 July 2017: Nominated for Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration.
Congressman Lynn JenkinsRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 25 January 2017: "I will not be running for any office in 2018."
Governor Paul R. LePageRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman John K. DelaneyDemocraticHouse CD 6Open Seat. 27 July 2017: Not running for re-election.
Congressman Nicola S. "Niki" TsongasDemocraticHouse CD 3Open Seat. 9 August 2017: Not running for re-election.
Governor Richard D. "Rick" SnyderRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Sander Martin "Sandy" LevinDemocraticHouse CD 9Open Seat. 2 December 2017: Announced retirement.
Congressman David A. "Dave" TrottRepublicanHouse CD 11Open Seat. 11 September 2017: House CD 11 Trott "I have decided not seek re-election in 2018".
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.DemocraticHouse CD 13Vacant Office. 29 November 2017: Media reports state the congressman is retiring.
5 December 2017: Announced resignation effective immediately.
8 December 2017: Governor Richard D. "Rick" Snyder (Republican) called a Special Election to fill the vacant seat of Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (Democratic) who resigned on 5 December 2017. The office will be listed twice on the 7 August 2018 Primary and 8 November 2018 General Election ballots -- once to choose a candidate to fill the vacancy from November 2018 to January 2019 and the other to choose a candidate for the regular 2 year term beginning in January 2019.
27 December 2017: A lawsuit, Rhodes v Snyder, e.d., 2:17cv-14186, was filed to force the special election to be called before November 2018.
Governor Mark DaytonDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. 21 November 2016: Retiring at the end of his term.
Congressman Timothy J. "Tim" WalzDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. 27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor
Governor Phil BryantRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit.
Governor Steve BullockDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Governor Brian E. SandovalRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Jacklyn S. "Jacky" RosenDemocraticHouse CD 3Open Seat. Running for the U.S. Senate Class 1 seat in 2018.
Congressman Ruben Jesus KihuenDemocraticHouse CD 4Open Seat. aka Ruben Jesus Kihuen Bernal
New Hampshire
Congressman Carol Shea-PorterDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. 5 October 2017: "... I am announcing my intention to leave the House of Representatives in January 2019, when my present term ends."
New Jersey
Governor Christopher J. "Chris" ChristieRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit
Congressman Frank A. LoBiondoRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 7 November 2017: Will not seek re-election.
New Mexico
Governor Susana MartinezRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Michelle Lujan GrishamDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. 13 December 2016: Announced run for Governor in 2016.
Congressman Stevan E. "Steve" PearceRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 10 July 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
Governor John Richard KasichRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Patrick J. "Pat" TiberiRepublicanHouse CD 12Open Seat. 19 October 2017: Announced resignation. "Today, it is with a humble and thankful heart that I announce I will not be seeking reelection. While I have not yet determined a final resignation date, I will be leaving Congress by January 31, 2018."
Congressman James B. "Jim" RenacciRepublicanHouse CD 16Open Seat. 20 March 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
Governor Mary C. FallinRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman James Frederick "Jim" BridenstineRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. Not running for re-election in 2018.
1 September 2017: Congressman Jim Bridenstine was nominated by President Trump to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Congressman William Franklin "Bill" ShusterRepublicanHouse CD 9Open Seat. 2 January 2018: Announced retirement
Congressman Louis J. "Lou" BarlettaRepublicanHouse CD 11Open Seat. 28 August 2017: Running for the Class 1 Senate Seat in 2018.
Congressman Charles W. "Charlie" DentRepublicanHouse CD 15Open Seat. 8 September 2017: Congressman Dent will not seek re-election.
Congressman Timothy "Tim" MurphyRepublicanHouse CD 18Vacant Office. 4 October 2017: Amid scandal stated "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term ...."
5 October 2017: Announced his resignation effective 21 October.
21 October 2017: Resigned.
23 October 2017: Governor Tom Wolf (Democratic) calls a Special Election on Tuesday 13 March 2018 to fill this vacant seat. There will be no primary. Party nominees are selected at a party convention by delegates.
South Dakota
Governor Dennis M. DaugaardRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Kristi Lynn NoemRepublicanHouse At-LargeOpen Seat. 14 November 2016: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
Senator Robert P. "Bob" Corker, Jr.RepublicanSenate Class 1Open Seat. 26 September 2017: "After much thought, consideration and family discussion ... I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires ...."
Governor William "Bill" HaslamRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 31 July 2017: Announced that he would not seek re-election.
Congressman Diane Lynn BlackRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 2 August 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
Congressman Marsha BlackburnRepublicanHouse CD 7Open Seat. 4 October 2017: Running for the Class 1 Senate Seat in 2018.
Congressman Lloyd "Ted" PoeRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 7 November 2017: "I will continue this work every day until I retire at the end of this term...."
Congressman Samuel Robert "Sam" JohnsonRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 6 January 2017: Announced he won't seek re-election.
Congressman Jeb HensarlingRepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 31 October 2017: "Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the U.S. Congress in 2018."
Congressman Joe Linus BartonRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 30 November 2017: "I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection in 2018...."
Congressman Robert "Beto" O'RourkeDemocraticHouse CD 16Open Seat. 31 March 2017: Announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate Class I seat in 2018.
Congressman Lamar Seeligson SmithRepublicanHouse CD 21Open Seat. 2 November 2017: "For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else...."
Congressman Randolph Blake "Blake" FarentholdRepublicanHouse CD 27Open Seat. 14 December 2017: Media reports state Congressman Farenthold will not seek re-election. The Congressman made the decision after the filing closed and will be on the March 2018 primary ballot. The Republican Party has filed suit Civil Case No. 1:17-cv-01167 in Federal Court (Austin) to get his name removed from the ballot. The Democratic Party is also suing Civil Case No. 1:17-cv-01186 but apparently dropped their case after the court decided that Congressman Farenthold would not be on the ballot.
Congressman Raymond Eugene "Gene" GreenDemocraticHouse CD 29Open Seat. 13 November 2017: "I have decided to not seek reelection for Representative of Texas' 29th Congressional District. It has been an honor serving #TX29 since I was first elected in 1992."
Senator Orrin G. HatchRepublicanSenate Class 1Open Seat. 02 January 2018: "I've decided to retire at the end of this term...."
Governor Terry McAuliffeDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman Robert William "Bob" GoodlatteRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 9 November 2017: "I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have had the opportunity to serve. Now is the right time to step aside - I will not seek re-election."
Congressman Dave ReichertRepublicanHouse CD 8Open Seat. 6 September 2017: Not a candidate for re-election.
West Virginia
Congressman Evan H. JenkinsRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 8 May 2017: Running for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat in 2018.
Governor Matt MeadRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. 7 February 2017: Will not run for re-election in 2018.
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Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.


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