The third most senior Democrat in the House, Rep. Pete Visclosky, has announced that he will be retiring after his term is over in 2020.
Visclosky has served in the House for over thirty years. He is the chair to the defense appropriations panel and oversees its budget of $700 billion.
In a statement, the Indiana representative wrote:
“For the last 35 years our office has vigorously advocated on behalf of thousands of constituents for assistance on any number of local, state and federal issues. While we could never guarantee positive results, we could guarantee our hard work and best efforts.”
The senior Dem has stayed popular with his constituents. In every election, he was victorious with a minimum of 6% of the general election vote. His replacement will, no doubt, have big shoes to fill.
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