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Michigan Rep. Dave Camp Won’t Seek Re-Election

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich, announced on Monday that he will retire in 2014, ending a 12-term congressional career. Camp was a powerful voice in federal health, welfare , trade policy and tax reform.

The Washington Post: Dave Camp To Retire After His Current Term
Camp said in a statement that his decision "was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family. Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration. During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net and finding new markets for U.S. goods and services" (O’Keefe and Kane, 3/31).

The Wall Street Journal: Michigan Rep. Dave Camp Won't Seek Re-election In 2014
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2014, ending a 12-term congressional career that made him a leading proponent of tax reform and a powerful voice in federal health, welfare and trade policy. The announcement turns the spotlight on what was already an expected change of leadership at the powerful tax-writing committee. Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has already been seen as his likely successor as the panel's chairman after this year, when Mr. Camp's chairmanship expires under the GOP's term-limit rules. … Even if the plan dies this year, it could help frame future debates over the issue. But while Mr. Ryan has expressed enthusiasm for the Camp plan, he is considered more likely as chairman to give priority to overhauling entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid (Hook and McKinnon, 3/31).

Politico: Dave Camp Won’t Seek Reelection
He is the 23rd House lawmaker to announce he or she will leave this Congress. Other prominent Republicans calling it quits include Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington state, Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon of California and Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan. Senior Democrats forgoing reelection include Reps. Henry Waxman and George Miller of California and John Dingell of Michigan (Sherman and Bresnahan, 3/31).

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