The House Democratic caucus released a statement Tuesday after Del. David Englin’s announcement that he would retire after his two-year terms ends.

House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Democratic House Caucus Chairman Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax) wished Englin the best as he makes the “eventual transition back to private life.’’

“He has been a tireless advocate for his constituents and for the equality of each and every Virginian,’’ Sickles said. “During his tenure in office, he has worked to end discrimination in all forms, and against all people without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. He has been a key player in ongoing efforts to increase transparency in all state government processes, carried the bill to make Virginia restaurants smoke free, offered a key amendment in the recent session to improve the misguided mandatory ultrasound mandate that was ultimately accepted by the other side, and is the author of a needed constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot to allow the General Assembly to move its ‘reconvened session’ if it conflicts with a religious holiday, among many other accomplishments.” 

Englin, 37, who is in his fourth term, told a meeting of the Alexandria Democratic Committee that he would leave politics and acknowledged that he had cheated on his wife.