Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) is retiring from Congress after 18 terms.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to retire at the end of this
term to enjoy more time with my wife, three children and ten grandchildren,” the 81-year-old lawmaker said in a statement. “This has not been an easy decision. I have worked hard for the people of the 5th District and will continue to work hard for the remaining eighteen months of my present term of office.”

Republican redistricting actually made Kildee’s seat more Democratic; he cited the new map as a reason to retire, knowing his seat would stay in Democratic hands.

Kildee’s nephew Dan, a former county treasurer who briefly ran for governor in 2010, could vie for the seat. He’s currently president of the Center for Community Progress, an organization that helps cities put vacant property to use.

Before arriving in Congress, Kildee served in the Michigan State Legislature for 10 years. Prior to entering politics, he was a teacher in Flint, and education remained one of his core issues throughout his career.