Rep. Rodney Alexander announces retirement, blaming gridlock

August 6, 2013
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), left, administers the House oath to Rep. Rodney Alexander (La.) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 5, 2011. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) will not seek reelection in 2014, he announced Tuesday.

In his announcement, Alexander cited the gridlock that exists in the nation's capitol.

“Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill," he said. "Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek reelection, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country.”

Alexander has represented his conservative northeastern Louisiana district since 2002, when he was first elected as a Democrat. He became a Republican in 2004, shortly before the filing deadline for his first reelection campaign.

He is the third GOP House member to announce his retirement this year, joining Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and John Campbell (R-Calif.). Reps. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) resigned for job opportunities.

No House Democrats have retired this Congress.

Updated at 5:52 p.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · August 6, 2013