The Washington Times - January 17, 2012, 07:11PM

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Todd R. Platts announced Tuesday he won’t seek a seventh term this year, saying he wants a more “family friendly” schedule.

Mr. Platts said he doesn’t have a new job lined up when he steps down from office in January 2013.

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“I’m not foreclosing any avenue,” the Associated Press reported Mr. Platts as saying. “I’m going to look at public and private sector opportunities.”

The lawmaker, whose largely rural south-central Pennsylvania district includes Gettysburg, serves on the House Armed Services, Education and the Workforce, and Oversight and Governmental Reform committees.

“Since 2001, Todd Platts has served his constituents in Pennsylvania with resolve and determination as he championed the Republican ideals of fiscal responsibility and support for the free enterprise system,” said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas. “I am grateful for Todd’s strong stance against wasteful government spending that burdens economic growth.”

Mr. Platts is the sixth House Republican to announcement retirement this year. House Republicans hold a 242-192 advantage.