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December 19, 2013


Congressional Retirements Just Beginning

Roll Call: "Nine House members have announced retirements for reasons other than seeking higher office... An average of 23 House members retired in each of the past three cycles, and many of them announced their departures around the holiday season."

"There are often clues as to which members are eyeing the exits. Without an incentive to bring in big bucks for re-election, they often report low fundraising numbers. Health problems or personal changes prompt some members to reconsider the long weekends and flights to Capitol Hill. And the comforts of home and family can strike a contrast to the brutal political environment in Congress."

"These clues, plus interviews with dozens of congressional operatives from both parties, yielded the following names of members who -- despite their public denials -- might call it quits in 2014."

The Hill: Who's next?














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