(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Henry Waxman on Thursday became the latest in a string of Democrats who have announced plans to step down from Congress.
"In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress. Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign. I will not seek reelection to the Congress and will leave after 40 years in office at the end of this year," the California Democrat said in a statement.
Waxman, 74, thanked his constituents, supporters, colleagues and family, saying his decision for retiring is "simple."
"After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term commitment that’s required for real legislative success," he said.
"I still feel youthful and energetic, but I recognize if I want to experience a life outside of Congress, I need to start soon. Public office is not the only way to serve, and I want to explore other avenues while I still can," Waxman added.
Waxman called his four decades in Congress an "extraordinary experience" and said he "wouldn’t trade any of it."
"I woke each day looking forward to opportunities to make our country stronger, healthier, and fairer. And I will always be grateful for this honor and privilege," his statement concluded.
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