Key House Members Announce Retirement at the End of this Year

U.S. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced on April 2, 2014, that he will join a growing number of Representatives and Senators who will not seek reelection in the fall. 

Camp joins fellow Michigan Representatives Mike Rogers (R-MI) and John Dingell (D-MI), who have also announced their retirements.  Chairman Camp is in his 12th term in the House of Representatives.  Congressman Rogers was first elected to the Congress in 1997 and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Congressman Dingell is in his 30th term in the House and serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee including, among other subcommittees, the Health subcommittee.

Among the Senators who have announced their pending departures are Carl Levin (D-MI), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Max Baucus (D-MT; became U.S. Ambassador to China), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Tom Harkin (D-IA). 

The following additional members of the House are leaving at the end of the 113th Congress (16 Democrats and 22 Republicans):  Allyson Schwartz (D-PA; running for governor), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bill Owens (D-NY), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Buck McKeon (R-CA), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Colleen W. Hanabusa (D-HI), Doc Hastings (R-WA), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), Frank Wolf (R-VA), Gary Miller (R-CA), Gary Peters (D-MI), George Miller (D-CA), Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA), Henry Waxman(D-CA), Howard Coble (R-NC), Jack Kingston (R-GA; running for Senate), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Jim Moran (D-VA), John Campbell (R-CA), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Mike Michaud (D-ME), Paul C. Broun (R-GA), Phil Gingrey (R-GA; running for Senate), Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D-NJ), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Tom Cotton (R-AR; running for Senate), and Tom Latham (R-IA).

These departures will have a major impact not only on the Congress but on the Congressional Committees that exercise jurisdiction over health issues, healthcare programs, and health IT issues, including the Senate Finance, Senate HELP, House Energy and Commerce, and House Ways and Means Committees.