Third Democrat in Three Days to Announce Retirement from Congress

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On Wednesday, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) became the third Democratic member of the House of Representatives in the last three days to announce that he will retire and not run for re-election in 2014.

On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY) announced his retirement. On Monday, prominent Nancy Pelosi ally George Miller (D-CA) announced his retirement.

Though Moran’s retirement is not expected to give Republicans a significant chance of wresting control of the Northern Virginia district he has represented in Congress for twelve terms away from the Democrats, it is a clear signal that the ranking Democrat on the Interior-Environment

Appropriations Subcommittee believes there is little likelihood his party will win the House back in 2014.
The unattractive prospect of serving in a third consecutive Congress without the subcommittee chairmanship, relegated to having little power as the minority party’s ranking member, likely figured in Moran’s decision to retire.

Like his retiring Democratic colleague Owens on Tuesday, Moran offered little insight into the real reason for his resignation, saying only, “it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge.” Many expect that “next challenge” to be a highly lucrative job as a lobbyist on K Street.



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