Longtime Virginia Democratic Lawmaker Moran To Retire

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Reuters
U.S. Representative Jim Moran said on Wednesday he will retire from Congress at the end of his term this year, making the Virginia Democrat the third liberal congressman to step down this week.

Jim Moran

U.S. Representative Jim Moran said on Wednesday he will retire from Congress at the end of his term this year, making the Virginia Democrat the third liberal congressman to step down this week.

Moran, whose district lies just south of Washington, has represented Virginia in the House of Representatives for more than two decades and is on the chamber's Appropriations Committee.

Moran praised the bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill, which is scheduled for a vote in the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday.

"I've seen the appropriations process at its height, and more recently its nadir," he said in a statement.

"We've achieved a bipartisan agreement that deserves support. It represents a budgetary cease-fire and I hope a historic turning point in getting this necessary funding process back on track," he said of this week's budget deal.

Moran did not say what his plans were after leaving the House.

On Monday, Representative George Miller of California, a political ally of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, announced plans to leave at the end of his term this year.

On Tuesday, New York Democrat Bill Owens of New York said he would not seek re-election this year after taking office in 2009.

Pelosi, in a statement, praised Moran for his efforts on the budget as well as his opposition to the war in Iraq and work on environment and transportation issues.