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Leaving Congress

Republican Kim Is First to Lose Re-Election Bid
June 3, 1998
Embattled Congressman Jay C. Kim, R-Calif., became the first incumbent casualty of the 1998 election year after losing his party's nomination Tuesday to state Assemblyman Gary Miller.

Solomon Won't Seek Reelection to House
April 28, 1998
House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon (R-N.Y.), a crusty ex-Marine who became one of Congress's most tenacious conservative leaders, announced he will retire rather than seek reelection in order to spend more time with his wife and earn more money for his children.

Joseph Kennedy Won't Run in Fall
March 14, 1998
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, one of the heirs to the Kennedy political dynasty, announced that he will not seek reelection to his Boston congressional seat, citing family responsibilities and a desire to rethink his life.

California Democrat Torres Retires; Backs Aide
March 4, 1998
Rep. Esteban Torres, D-Calif., a member of the House Appropriations Committee known for his work on consumer, labor and Latino issues, announced this week he will leave the House this year at the end of his eighth term.

Rep. Paxon Will Retire From Politics
February 25, 1998
Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), a central figure in the intrigue roiling the Republican House leadership, yesterday stunned his colleagues by announcing he was retiring from politics and abandoning a challenge to his bitter rival, Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.).
Paxon's Numbers Didn't Add Up Against Armey, GOP Colleagues Say
Bill Paxon's Awe in the Family
Paxon Ends Political Career

Budget-Cutter Livingston May Carve Out a New Career
February 13, 1998
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston (R-La.), a popular albeit temperamental politician who led budget-cutters through the stormiest days of the Republicans' revolution, says he will likely retire this year to pursue more lucrative options as a Washington lawyer and lobbyist.

A 21-Gun Send-Off
February 7, 1998
Rep. Ronald V. Dellums (D-Calif.), a self-described "commie pinko Afro-topped bell-bottomed dude from Berkeley" who earned the love of friends and the respect of enemies, is retiring mid-term at age 62 because "it's time."

California's Harman to Seek Governor's Mansion
February 4, 1998
California Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., made a last-minute decision to run for governor Wednesday, complicating the state's gubernatorial election and leaving her House seat vulnerable to a Republican takeover.

Colorado's Schaefer to Retire After 15 Years
January 26, 1998
Colorado Republican Dan Schaefer, a leading proponent of legislation to restructure the $200 billion electricity industry, announced Monday that he will retire from Congress at the end of this year.

Rep. Stokes Is Retiring
January 18, 1998
Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), who rose from poverty to become the state's first black representative and went on to head the congressional panel that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy, announced yesterday he will retire at the end of the year.

Ex-Lawmaker Refuses to Be Boxed In
January 10, 1998
Rep. Floyd H. Flake, D-NY, abruptly resigned from Congress midway through his sixth term, disenchanted with both major political parties, as well as black leadership in general. He had come to believe he could be a more effective leader as a private citizen than as a politician caught in the constraining "box" of Washington politics.

Democrat Hefner of N. Carolina to Retire From House
January 7, 1998
Rep. W.G. "Bill" Hefner, a folksy North Carolinian and one of the senior Democrats in Congress, has announced his retirement, boosting GOP hopes of picking up a seat in the increasingly Republican South.

Rep. Smith to Ride Into Sunset – Again
December 21, 1997
One more term was enough for Oregon Rep. Robert F. "Bob" Smith, who said he will go back into retirement when his term is up.

Calif. Democrats Dellums, Fazio to Retire From House
November 18, 1997
Two senior House Democrats announced they were ending their congressional careers next year, joining a growing number of ranking Democrats who have chosen to leave the House even as the party seeks to regain control of the chamber.
Democratic Caucus Chairman Fazio to Step Down
Liberal Dellums of Oakland to Leave Feb. 6

Moderate Democrat McHale Calls It Quits
November 12, 1997
In a move that surprised and pleased national Republican Party members, Rep. Paul McHale, D-Pa., announced he will not seek a fourth term to Congress next year.

Senate Confirms Ambassador to Rome
October 22, 1997
Rep. Thomas Foglietta will resign from his House seat and head to Rome by next month to be the next U.S. ambassador to Italy.

Colorado's Skaggs Steps Aside to Let Others Run
October 6, 1997
Saying he no longer had the "fire in the belly" for political campaigns, Rep. David Skaggs, D-Colo., stunned supporters this weekend by announcing that he would neither run for U.S. Senate nor seek reelection.

Rep. Gonzalez to Retire at Year's End
September 5, 1997
Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, the 81-year-old Texas Democrat who dedicated much of his career to a crusade for change at the powerful Federal Reserve Bank, said he would retire when Congress finishes its business this year, citing his health and the advice of his family and doctors for his decision.

Self-Enforced Term Limit
June 17, 1997
Rep. Elizabeth Furse (D-Ore.), said she will not seek reelection to a fourth term next year.

GOP's Klug To Retire From House
February 25, 1997
Rep. Scott L. Klug (R-Wis.), a fourth-term moderate, said he would not seek reelection, becoming the fifth lawmaker to announce his retirement in the two-month-old Congress.

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