As Donald Trump closes in on presenting himself as the Republican Party’s official nominee for president, plenty of the party’s elected members won’t be there, for a variety of reasons.
To be sure, it’s not uncommon for lawmakers to skip their party’s conventions. Some may be running for re-election; others would rather be with family; this year some don’t much like Trump. One lawmaker said he plans to “mow my lawn.”
Here’s a not-necessarily comprehensive list – based on interviews and published reports – of the governors, senators and U.S. House members who aren’t going to make it:
Sen. Richard Shelby: According to The Hill, a spokesperson for Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said, “I do not believe he plans to attend.”
Rep. Gary Palmer.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski: According to The Hill, Murkowski said she’s not attending because she’s “up in the state.”
Rep. Don Young: Young will instead remain in Alaska to campaign.
Sen. John McCain: McCain said he is skipping the convention to campaign for re-election.
Sen. Jeff Flake: Flake told The Hill that he won’t be at this year’s convention because “I’ve got to mow my lawn.”
Rep. Martha McSally.
Rep. Paul Gosar.
Rep. Matt Salmon.
Rep. Bruce Westerman.
Pete Wilson: Former Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson will be the biggest absence from the GOP from California.
Rep. Doug LaMalfa: The representative will not be heading to Cleveland, though he notes that he doesn’t usually attend party conventions.
Rep. Paul Cook: Cook said he’ll be spending time with his grandchildren rather than attending the convention.
Rep. Steve Knight: Knight said he’ll be campaigning for reelection instead of attending the convention.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
Rep. Duncan Hunter: Hunter is a delegate to the convention, but said he never wanted to be chosen as a delegate and will likely not attend the convention.
Rep. Mike Coffman: Coffman will not be attending; he’ll be back in his district touring local businesses and practicing Spanish.
Rep. Scott Tipton.
Rep. Doug Lamborn.
Sen. Marco Rubio: Former Republican candidate Rubio will be skipping the convention so he can focus on his re-election race in Florida.
Jeb Bush: Former governor and one-time candidate told CNN earlier this year that he will not be attending the convention.
Rep. Daniel Webster.
Rep. Richard Nugent: Nugent cites his retirement as the reason.
Rep. Thomas Rooney: Rooney will be working in his district.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo.
Sen. Mike Crapo: Crapo said he’ll skip the convention to remain in Idaho and focus on his own re-election.
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson.
Sen. Mark Kirk: Kirk will not attend the convention so he can focus on his own re-election.
Gov. Bruce Rauner: Rauner, who has refused to endorse Donald Trump, will not be attending the convention.
Rep. Bob Dold will remain in his district next week to host a number of events focused on strengthening the economy.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman: He will be spending time with his family.
Sen. Jerry Moran: According to The Hill, Moran will likely not attend. “I haven’t made a final decision, but I haven’t planned on it,” Moran said.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins
Sen. David Vitter: According to his spokeswoman Cheyenne Klotz, “it is unlikely that Sen. Vitter will attend next week’s convention.”
Rep. Charles Boustany: Boustany will instead be working in Louisiana and meeting with constituents.
Gov. Paul LePage: LePage has said he will not be attending the convention, according to Politico. “If I felt that he needed me there, I’d have gone, but I think it’s pretty much established and there might be some shenanigans by some of the elitists, but they’ve done that before,” LePage told WVOM radio. LePage said he were called to be there, he would go.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin: Poliquin has announced to the media that he will not be attending, according to his spokesperson.
Gov. Larry Hogan: Hogan has said that he will not support Trump and will not be attending the convention in July, according to The Baltimore Sun. According to the Sun, “He plans to attend a perennial Maryland political event — the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield — rather than rub shoulders with Trump delegates at the convention.”
Former Gov. Mitt Romney: Romney’s spokesperson told The Washington Post that “Gov. Romney has no plans to attend convention.”
Sen. Thad Cochran: The senator will not attend convention due to “personal and family obligations,” according to his office. “Senator Cochran is confident that Mississippi will be well represented at the convention. His chief of staff, Keith Heard, will attend the convention as a Trump delegate.”
Sen. Roy Blunt: The Hill reported that Blunt will not be attending because the Missouri primary election is two weeks after the convention. This will be the first convention Blunt has missed in 16 years, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Sen. Steve Daines: Daines said, according to the Hill, “I’ll have my fly rod in my hand with my life in Montana.”
Sen. Ben Sasse: A spokesperson for Sasse told CNN that the senator will be skipping the convention. “Sen. Sasse will not be attending the convention and will instead take his kids to watch some dumpster fires across the state, all of which enjoy more popularity than the current front-runners.”
Gov. Brian Sandoval: Sandoval will not attend the convention, he told the Las Vegas Sun. No reason was given for his decision; the governor has said that he will support Trump because “the Democratic nominee is simply not an option.”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte: Ayotte will not be attending the convention. “I’ve got a lot of work to do in New Hampshire, I have my own re-election and I’m going to be focusing on my voters in New Hampshire,” she said, according to CNN.
Rep. Elise Stefanik: Stefanik, a rising star who helped write the GOP platform at the 2012 convention, “will be in her district working for her constituents and not attending the convention,” a spokesperson told Politico.
Rep. Walter Jones: Jones will not attend the GOP convention – no surprise, given that the 10-term congressman traditionally skips the party affair.
Rep. Richard Hudson: Hudson will not attend. His office said Wednesday he plans to be in North Carolina during the convention dates and will be meeting with constituents and holding events in his district.
Rep. Mark Walker.
Gov. John Kasich: A adviser to Gov. John Kasich said the odds of the former Republican candidate appearing at the convention were “somewhere between zilch and zero,” CNN reported.
Sen. Pat Toomey: Toomey told the Hill “I’m not planning on being there.”
Rep. Ryan Costello: Costello was originally slated as a delegate; in June, he announced he would be stepping down from the roll and not attending the event at all.
Rep. Pat Meehan: Meehan will be out of the country the week of the convention, a spokesperson said.
Rep. Trey Gowdy: Gowdy told Politico that he hasn’t attended conventions in the past and doesn’t plan to change that for Cleveland; instead, he hopes to take his family to the beach.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney: Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Va., told CNN that he was going to “stay home and work” rather than head to Cleveland.
Rep. Mark Sanford: A spokesperson for Sanford said the lawmaker “announced back in May he’s not attending,” Politico reported.
Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Rep. Jeff Duncan.
Gov. Greg Abbott: Abbott will not be going to the GOP convention – not because he doesn’t want to but because he is recovering from surgery. Abbott, who is in a wheelchair, was vacationing in Wyoming when he was scalded with hot liquid. He returned to Texas but he had second- and third-degree burns and had to have skin grafts; thus “he is not going to the convention because of his injuries,” said Abbott spokesman John Whitman.
Rep. Mia Love: Love is skipping out on Cleveland for a trip to Israel because she doesn’t “see any upsides to it,” the lawmaker told a reporter in June.
Rep. Barbara Comstock: Comstock, who said in May that Trump “needs to earn” her vote, will not be attending.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler: “She is planning to do in-district work at that time,” said Amy Pennington, a spokeswoman for the representative.
Sen. Ron Johnson: Johnson told The Hill that “right now, I don’t have plans to” attend the convention.
Sen. Mike Enzi.
Gov. Matt Mead.
Anna Douglas, Maria Recio, Maggie Ybarra, Lindsay Wise and Vera Bergengruen of the McClatchy Washington Bureau and David Siders of The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.