- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS
House Majority Leader Dick Armey, second-ranking leader among Republicans and an advocate for tax cuts and smaller government, has told associates he may retire at the end of his term, a source close to the Texas lawmaker said last night.
A decision to step down could open up a lively race among fellow Republicans eager to claim his powerful post.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Armey had notified House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and other top Republicans that he may not seek re-election to a 10th term in 2002.
Mr. Armey, 61, faces a filing deadline of Jan. 2 in Texas. He has represented the 26th District, which now covers suburban and rural areas north and northwest of Dallas, since 1985.
Mr. Armey's spokesman declined comment on the congressman's possible plans, first reported last night on the Wall Street Journal's Web site.
The Texas Republican played a key role in development of the Contract With America, the conservative campaign manifesto that Republicans rode to power in the 1994 midterm elections. He was elected majority leader in the aftermath of the Republican victory, and helped push most elements of the legislative program through the House in the first 100 days of the session.

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