2014 is on par with this point in 2012.
The long-serving Republican's retirement means Democrats can seriously compete for the Florida swing seat.
Even as longtime senators continue to head for the exits, the chamber doesn't get much younger.
It's quite possible that we could have more retirements between 2010 and 2014 than we've had at any point in the last four decades.
The Texas congressman and three-time presidential candidate said goodbye to the House on Wednesday. Here's a look back at his career.