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20-term Democratic Rep. Waxman

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) makes opening remarks about a resolution to hold U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey in contempt on Capitol Hill July 16, 2008 in Washington, DC. In light of new information from Mukasey, the committee decided to postpone a vote to hold him in contempt for failing to produce a copy of the report of the FBI interview of Vice President Cheney in the investigation of the leak of the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson, a former covert CIA agent. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

20-term Democratic Rep. Waxman

Yahoo News

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, a congressional force on clean air and expansion of Medicaid during his 20 terms, has decided to retire.

In a statement Thursday, the California lawmaker said he would not seek another term. In reflecting on his 40 years in the House, Waxman said he was filled with gratitude for the memories. (AP)

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