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Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats
at the time of the 2020 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
Congressman Bradley Roberts ByrneRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 20 February 2019: Ran for but lost his party's nomination for the Class 2 Senate Seat in 2020.
Congressman  Martha RobyRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 26 July 2019: Not seeking election in 2020. "While my name will not be on the ballot in 2020...."
Governor  Doug DuceyRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At Term Limit
Governor  Asa HutchinsonRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At Term Limit
Senator  Kamala D. HarrisDemocraticSenate Class 3Open Seat. 11 August 2020: Former Vice President Joe Biden chooses Senator Kamala D. Harris as his Running Mate.
7 November 2020: Apparently elected Vice President.
Governor Gavin Newsom (Democratic) will appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of the term ending in 2023.
22 December 2020: Secretary of State Alex Padilla (Democratic) is chosen by Governor Gavin Newsom (Democratic) to fill the Senate Class 3 Seat Senator Kamala D. Harris (Democratic) who has been elected Vice President.
Congressman  Paul CookRepublicanHouse CD 8Vacant Office. 17 September 2019: Not running for re-election. Ran for and won the contest for San Bernardino County Supervisor.
7 December 2020: Resigned be seated as a San Bernardino County Supervisor
Congressman  Duncan Duane HunterRepublicanHouse CD 50Vacant Office. 2 December 2019: Will plead guilty re: misuse of campaign funds; and reportedly will leave Congress.
3 December 2019: Pleaded guilty to misuse campaign funds.
6 December 2019: "Shortly after the Holidays, I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California's 50th District...."
7 January 2020: Announced his resignation effected 13 January.
8 January 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will not call a Special Election to fill the so to be vacant seat. The seat will remain vacant until the new Congress is seated in January 2021.
13 January 2020: Resigned.
17 March 2020: Former Member of Congress Duncan Hunter (Republican) is sentenced to 11 months in prison.
Congressman  Susan A. DavisDemocraticHouse CD 53Open Seat. 4 September 2019: "I will not seek another term in Congress."
Congressman  Scott Randall TiptonRepublicanHouse CD 3Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Congressman  Theodore Scott "Ted" YohoRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. 10 December 2019: "I am announcing my retirement from Congress at the end of this session ... I will not seek re-election in the upcoming election."
Congressman  Vincent Ross "Ross" SpanoRepublicanHouse CD 15Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Congressman  Francis RooneyRepublicanHouse CD 19Open Seat. 19 October 2019: Will not run for a 3rd term.
Congressman  William Robert "Rob" Woodall, IIIRepublicanHouse CD 7Open Seat. 7 February 2019: "... I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020."
Congressman  Douglas Allen "Doug" CollinsRepublicanHouse CD 9Open Seat. 28 January 2020: Candidate for U.S. Senate Class 3 Special
Congressman  John Thomas "Tom" Graves, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 14Vacant Office. 5 December 2019: "Today I announced to my friends and fellow Georgians that I will not be seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020."
11 September 2020: "I intend to step down from Congress ... in October...."
2 October 2020: Announced he would resign on 4 October.
Governor David Yutaka IgeDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  Tulsi Neil GabbardDemocraticHouse CD 2Open Seat. 24 October 2019: "I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. I humbly ask for your support for my candidacy for President of the United States."
19 March 2020: "... today, I'm suspending my presidential campaign, and offering my full support to Vice President Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together."
Congressman  Daniel William "Dan" LipinskiDemocraticHouse CD 3Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Congressman  John M. ShimkusRepublicanHouse CD 15Open Seat. 30 August 2019: " is the time for me to announce that I will not be seeking reelection...."
Congressman  Peter J. ViscloskyDemocraticHouse CD 1Open Seat. 6 November 2019: "On November 6th, 35 years ago today, I was elected to serve as Indiana’s First District U.S. Representative. Today, I announce that I will not seek re-election in 2020...."
Congressman  Susan W. BrooksRepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 14 June 2019: "... I will retire as U. S. Representative for the 5th District of Indiana at the end of my current term."
Congressman  David Wayne "Dave" LoebsackDemocraticHouse CD 2Open Seat. 12 April 2019: Announced his retirement.
12 November 2020: Recount requested. At the conclusion of the recount, 6 votes separate the candidates.
Notice of Contest.
Congressman  Steven A. "Steve" KingRepublicanHouse CD 4Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Senator  Pat RobertsRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. 4 January 2019: "I will not be a candidate in 2020 for a fifth Senate term."
Congressman  Roger W. "Doc" MarshallRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 7 September 2019: Running for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat in 2020.
Congressman  Steven C. "Steve" Watkins, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 2Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Governor  John Bel EdwardsDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At Term Limit
Congressman  Cedric L. RichmondDemocraticHouse CD 2Open Seat. 17 November 2020: Announced his resignation to become Senior Adviser to the President and White House Public Engagement Director in the Biden Administration.
A special election will be called to fill this seat once it becomes empty. All candidates from all parties appear on the open primary ballot. If no candidate receives a majority (50% of the vote plus 1), a runoff is held between the top two vote getters.
Congressman  Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 6 December 2018: Ran for Governor in 2019 but did not receive his party's nomination.
26 February 2020: "I am officially announcing my retirement from Congress following the completion of my current third term, and I will not seek re-election in 2020."
Since no candidate received a majority (50% of the vote plus 1) in the 3 November General Election, a runoff is held between the top two vote getters on 5 December 2020.
5 December 2020 returns from the Louisiana Department of State.
5 December 2020 returns from a media source.
Governor  Lawrence J. "Larry" Hogan, Jr.RepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, IIIDemocraticHouse CD 4Open Seat. 26 August 2019: Filed with the FEC to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020.
21 September 2019: "I'm running for US Senate."
1 September 2020: Lost the US Senate Primary.
Congressman  Justin AmashLibertarianHouse CD 3Open Seat. 28 April 2020: Announced that he will run for the Libertarian Presidential nomination.
16 May 2020: "After much reflection, I've concluded that circumstances don't lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate...."
16 July 2020: "He hasn't been campaigning for any office and doesn't plan to seek the nomination for any office...." --Adviser Poppy Nelson.
Congressman  Paul Mitchell, IIIIndependentHouse CD 10Open Seat. 24 July 2019: "I have decided I will not seek to continue to represent Michigan’s 10th District next term. After serving out the remainder of the 116th Congress – I will return to my family and our small farm."
14 December 2020: Member of Congress Paul Mitchell, III announced he was leaving the Republican Party and becoming an Independent.
Congressman  William Lacy Clay, Jr.DemocraticHouse CD 1Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Governor  Steve BullockDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At term limit.
14 May 2019: "I'm Steve Bullock and I'm running for President."
2 December 2019: Suspended campaign. "... it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates ...."
9 March 2020: "Now I'm taking that fight to the US Senate."
Congressman  Greg GianforteRepublicanHouse At-LargeOpen Seat. 7 June 2019: Candidate for Governor.
Governor  J. Peter "Pete" RickettsRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At Term Limit
New Mexico
Senator  Tom UdallDemocraticSenate Class 2Open Seat. 25 March 2019: "... I'm announcing today that I won’t be seeking re-election next year."
Congressman  Ben Ray LujánDemocraticHouse CD 3Open Seat. 1 April 2019: Member of Congress Luján declared he would run for the Class 2 Senate Seat in 2020.
New York
Congressman  Peter T. "Pete" KingRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 11 November 2019: "I have decided not to be a candidate for re-election to Congress in 2020. I made this decision after much discussion .... The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute ...."
Congressman  José Enrique SerranoDemocraticHouse CD 15Open Seat. 25 March 2019: "Today, I am announcing that I am living with Parkinson's disease. After my diagnosis, I initially planned to continue my work representing the people of the South Bronx far ... over the last few months I've come to the realization that Parkinson’s will eventually take a toll, and that I cannot predict its rate of advancement. Because of this uncertainty, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2020 ...."
Congressman  Eliot Lance EngelDemocraticHouse CD 16Lost Primary / No Longer Running
Congressman  Nita M. LoweyDemocraticHouse CD 17Open Seat. 10 October 2019: "After 31 years in the United States Congress, representing the people of Westchester, Rockland, Queens and the Bronx, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2020...."
North Carolina
Senator  Richard Mauze BurrRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat
Congressman  George Edward Bell HoldingRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 6 December 2019: "And so it is with regret that I announce I will not be a candidate for Congress this election."
Congressman  Bradley Mark "Mark" WalkerRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 17 December 2019: "I am humbled to have the support of my family, friends, and President Trump as we embark on the next step in our journey to serve North Carolina and put People Over Politics."
Congressman  Mark Randal MeadowsRepublicanHouse CD 11Vacant Office. 19 December 2019: "After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I'm announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term...."
6 March 2020: Named Chief of Staff by President Donald Trump.
24 March 2020: Stated he would resign from Congress toward the end of the month. His official starting date as Chief of Staff is 1 April.
30 March 2020: Resigned to take the position as Chief of Staff on 30 March.
Senator  Robert Jones "Rob" PortmanRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat. 25 January 2021: Announced he will not seek re-election.
Governor  Kate BrownDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Congressman  Gregory Paul "Greg" WaldenRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 28 October 2019: "... the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities ... I will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, nor election to any other office ..."
Senator  Patrick Joseph "Pat" ToomeyRepublicanSenate Class 3Open Seat. 6 October 2020: "I will not be running for reelection in 2022 and ... will not be running for governor ... I will serve out the remainder of my term."
Governor  Thomas W. "Tom" WolfDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit
Rhode Island
Governor  Gina Marie RaimondoDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Term Limit. At Term Limit
Senator  Lamar AlexanderRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. 18 December 2018: "I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020."
Congressman  David Phillip "Phil" RoeRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 3 January 2020: "After prayerful consideration, I have decided to retire at the end of the 116th Congress."
Congressman John Lee RatcliffeRepublicanHouse CD 4Vacant Office. 28 July 2019: Nominated by President Donald Trump for National Intelligence Director.
2 August 2019: Member of Congress Ratcliffe withdrew his nomination.
28 February 2020: Nominated by President Donald Trump for National Intelligence Director.
3 March 2020: Renominated by Primary for the U.S. House.
21 May 2020: Confirmed by the U.S. Senate 49-44 as National Intelligence Director. Governor Greg Abbott will not call a Special Election to fill this seat.
26 May 2020: Sworn as National Intelligence Director.
Congressman  K. Michael "Mike" ConawayRepublicanHouse CD 11Open Seat. 30 July 2019: Retiring.
Congressman  William McClellan "Mac" ThornberryRepublicanHouse CD 13Open Seat. 30 September 2019: "I will not be a candidate for reelection in the 2020 election."
Congressman  William "Bill" FloresRepublicanHouse CD 17Open Seat. 4 September 2019: "After much prayer over the past few days and following conversations with my wife, Gina ... I have decided that my current term will be my last...."
Congressman  Peter Graham "Pete" OlsonRepublicanHouse CD 22Open Seat. 25 July 2019: Announced that he will not run for re-election. "... I have decided to not seek re-election."
Congressman  William "Will" HurdRepublicanHouse CD 23Open Seat. 1 August 2019: "I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas...."
Congressman  Kenny Ewell MarchantRepublicanHouse CD 24Open Seat. 5 August 2019: "It is time for me to announce that I will not seek another term as Member of Congress...."
Governor  Gary Richard HerbertRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. Retiring at the end of this term.
Congressman  Robert William "Rob" BishopRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. 29 July 2019: Retiring.
18 January 2020: Running as Thomas Wright's Lieutenant Governor. Did not receive his party's nomination.
Congressman  Denver Lee Riggleman, IIIRepublicanHouse CD 5Lost Primary / No Longer Running. Did not receive his party's nomination at the 13 June Convention.
Nominations-- Democrats will nominate by Primary. Republicans will nominate by Convention on 13 June.
Congressman  Dennis "Denny" HeckDemocraticHouse CD 10Open Seat. 4 December 2019: "Today, I announce my retirement from a career in public service that began over forty years ago."
3 April 2020: Candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
4 August 2020: On the November ballot for Lieutenant Governor.
Congressman  Frank James "Jim" Sensenbrenner, Jr.RepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 4 September 2019: "I think the time has come to basically turn over the page in the Fifth District."
Senator  Michael B. "Mike" EnziRepublicanSenate Class 2Open Seat. 4 May 2019: Announced retirement. Not running for re-election.
OfficeReason for Open Chair or Seat
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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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