WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon Rep. Ralph Abraham’s announcement that he will retire at the end of his term:

“I would like to thank Ralph Abraham for his dedicated public service to Louisiana’s 5th district and to our country. As a medical doctor, veteran, and business owner, Ralph has dedicated his life to serving others. He stood by his commitment to serve as Louisiana’s citizen Congressman, and the people of Louisiana’s 5th district have been served tremendously well by his distinguished leadership.

“Over the last six years, Ralph’s leadership has been instrumental in ensuring our military became stronger than ever, he helped put our country’s economy back on track, and he remained dedicated to his conservative principles.

“While Ralph is moving on from Congress, I will miss his friendship and presence in Washington. I’m grateful for his service to the state of Louisiana, and I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our home state and President Trump’s agenda through the remainder of his term.

“I wish Ralph and his wife, Dianne, all the best as they begin this next chapter of their lives.”