WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, a 12-term Virginia liberal, on Wednesday became the third member of his party this week to announce he will not seek re-election in November.
The announcements were made amid growing signs that President Obama’s party will have a steep climb in its bid to win control of the House of Representatives from Republicans in this year’s elections.
Moran made no mention of the battle for the House in his announcement. He said he was ready to retire from Congress when his term ends this year.
Moran’s district lies just south of Washington. He has represented Virginia in the House for more than 23 years and is a member of the chamber’s powerful Appropriations Committee.
The announcement was made just a day after New York Democrat Bill Owens said he would not seek re-election this year after taking office in 2009. On Monday, Rep. George Miller of California, an ally of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, announced plans to leave at the end of his term this year.
On the Republican side, Rep. Buck McKeon of California scheduled a statement for Thursday. His aides declined to elaborate.
The Hill newspaper, which covers politics, legislation and members of Congress, cited sources close to McKeon saying he plans to retire at the end of this year. His departure could set up a competitive race in the southern California district he has represented since 1993
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