Congressman Rich Nugent announces intent to step down from Congress

Congressman Rich Nugent with his wife, Wendy.
Congressman Rich Nugent with his wife, Wendy.

Congressman Rich Nugent issued a statement today indicating that he will be leaving Congress at the end of this term.

The 64-year-old Republican who represents The Villages cited family concerns in his decision to step down.

The former Hernando County sheriff succeeded Ginny Brown-Waite in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He began serving in Congress in 2011.

“After five years of living out of a suitcase, saying goodbye almost weekly to my beloved wife, and seeing pictures of the grandkids instead of spending more of that quality time with them, the tug of being apart from family has just become too great,” Nugent said in making the announcement.

Nugent has built a record as an unflinching conservative. Having served in the National Guard and having sons serving in the military, Nugent staunchly stood for veterans. An annual veterans fair he held in The Villages was a popular event.

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent speaks with Air Force veteran Richard Blohm.
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent speaks with Air Force veteran Richard Blohm.
Congressman Rich Nugent walks with Malcolm Mosley, administrator of House of Hope at an event in 2014.
Congressman Rich Nugent walks with Malcolm Mosley, administrator of House of Hope in Wildwood at an event in 2014.
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