GOP congressman Joe Barton not running for re-election after graphic photo posted online
Official House portrait of Joe Barton

Embattled U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, announced his retirement from Congress on Thursday.


"I am very proud of my public record and the many accomplishments of my office. It has been a tremendous honor to represent the 6th District of Texas for over three decades, but now it is time to step aside and let there be a new voice."

"I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection in 2018," he said. "To the people of the 6th District, thank you for your support and friendship."

The decision came after a tumultuous week for the congressman, after a nude photo of Barton surfaced on social media.

BY CLAIRE ALLBRIGHT AND ABBY LIVINGSTON, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE