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N.C. Republican Rep. Sue Myrick retiring

at 02:51 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) is retiring at the end of her term.

Myrick has represented North Carolina’s Charlotte-area 9th district since 1995. Before that she was the first female mayor of Charlotte.

She announced her decision in a YouTube video posted on her Facebook page.
Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C. looks on during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 14, 2009, to discuss a national security threat. (Harry Hamburg - OTKHH103)

“After thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to run for another term in Congress,” Myrick said. “I’m grateful for the privilege of serving you. We have all been blessed by staff members who truly care and delight in helping to solve problems for everyone in the district.”

Two North Carolina Democrats announced their retirement in the past month, both the victims of Republican-controlled redistricting. Myrick’s seat didn’t change much under the new map, although it did become about a half-point more Democratic.

Myrick serves as vice-chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She’s also a deputy whip and co-chair of the House Cancer Caucus.

Her son, Dan Forest, is currently running for lieutenant governor.

The congresswoman became known in recently years for her advocacy against the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group.

She wrote the forward to “Muslim Mafia,” a book which accused CAIR of helping terrorists infiltrate the American government. through Capitol Hill internships. Last fall she canceled her appearances at Sept. 11th anniversary events, saying she feared for her own safety and “didn't want to put anybody else in jeopardy in case some nut out there decided to do something.”

 
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