- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2009

Rep. Bart Gordon, Tennessee Democrat, announced plans Monday to retire from Congress when his term ends in 2010.

“I feel honored that the people of middle Tennessee have allowed me to serve them for the past 25 years,” Mr. Gordon, 60, said. “Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind. I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me.”

He said he made his decision after consulting with his wife, Leslie Peyton Gordon, who is a partner with Korn/Ferry International.

“Turning 60 has led me to re-evaluate what’s next,” Mr. Gordon said. “I have an 8-year-old daughter and a wonderful wife who has a very demanding job. I am the only child of my 83-year-old mother, Margaret. They have made sacrifices to allow me to do what I love by serving in Congress, and now it’s my turn.”

Mr. Gordon first was elected to Congress in 1984.

He serves as the chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, and he is also a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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