Rep. Doc Hastings, a Washington Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said Thursday he will retire at the end of this year.
Mr. Hastings, who is serving his 10th term, said at the age of 73 he's ready to let someone else take his seat.
He's the latest senior lawmaker from either party to announce a retirement, as House members elected as far back as the Watergate era have decided they've had enough of Washington.
While not flashy, Mr. Hastings was a key player for House Republicans, serving as their top member on the Ethics Committee the last decade before becoming the top Republican on the Natural Resources Committee.
He was elected in 1994 as part of the GOP surge that year.
His district is likely to be safe for Republicans. Mr. Hastings won his last re-election with 66 percent of the vote, and Republican presidential candidates have easily carried the region in recent elections.
Mr. Hastings said his family was a key consideration — he wants to be back home in Washington state, where his grandchildren live.
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