House Appropriations Chair Kay Granger (R-TX) this week announced she will not seek reelection in 2024.

Granger, 80, was first elected to her seat that includes Fort Worth, TX and its suburbs, in 1996. She was the first female Republican House member from Texas.

Prior to her election to Congress, Granger was a teacher, served on the zoning commission of Fort Worth, and in 1991 became the city’s first female mayor. She served two terms before her election to the House.

Granger took the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee at the start of the 118th Congress in 2022. In her retirement announcement, she said she would remain in that post through the current Congress. Her departure, however, sets up an opening in one of the most powerful chairmanships in Congress.