From Brett Neely, NPR politics editor:
I have recently heard some inconsistent numbers on our air about how many Republicans have retired from the House.
In the interests of providing consistency to our audience, I want to direct you to NPR's official count of members (from both parties) departing from Congress. Our own Jessica Taylor has done excellent work on this subject and is maintaining a list of retirements that is quickly updated whenever a member makes an announcement.
You should always refer to it first when writing copy. Please bookmark this link: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/12/577090915/chart-tracking-retirements-from-congress
You may see different numbers used by other news organizations that use differing benchmarks for defining retirements and vacancies. Our standard is to count members who have announced they will not be running for another term in the chamber they are currently serving. We do not count vacancies that will be filled before Election Day via special elections or have already been filled.
Questions??? Please contact Jessica Taylor, Arnie Seipel or myself and we will happily assist you.