Who will replace Congressman Rooney? Question remains

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Congressman Francis Rooney of Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Rooney announced he will not seek a fourth term in 2020 Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Credit: via WINK News.

With Congressman Francis Rooney’s announcement he will not seek a third term in office in 2020, who will replace him? We spoke to Rooney directly for his response to the recent decision. And we look at reactions from other officials and local political experts to the decision and future of Rooney’s seat.

Congressman Rooney said he believes his work as a congressman representing Florida has been completed Monday.

“Well, I started to think about that after we got the offshore drilling ban passed a few months ago,” Rooney told WINK News on the phone.

And Rooney said he ran for office to accomplish the offshore drilling ban and to get more money for the Everglades, saying the state has received $1.5 billion for the Everglades since he took office. So he feels with his goals achieved in those area, he is able to step away from his seat.

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