Rob Bishop will announce whether he’ll run for another term in Congress by the end of this month


Rep. Rob Bishop

Rep. Rob Bishop, who said the current term would be his last, now says he will make a decision on whether to run again by July 29.


As first reported last month, Bishop may be having second thoughts about retiring at the end of his 10th term in Washington. Close associates of Bishop said he had been suggesting the announcement of his retirement may have been premature.

E&E News reported Bishop told reporters on Thursday morning he will make his decision by the end of this month.

“I was surprised at the number of people who are asking me to reconsider it, and in deference I need to do that,” he said, noting that he has heard from state officials saying he needs to stay through the 2020 redistricting, as well as from potential replacements who want a few more years before they run.

Bishop raised no money during the last quarter, but still has $300,000 in the bank, which would make launching an effort to seek another term in Washington.