Rep. Frank R. Wolf said Tuesday he won’t seek re-election next year, ending a career on Capitol Hill that has stretched for more than three decades and seen the tremendous growth of the Northern Virginia region he has represented.
“As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Mr. Wolf said in a statement. “I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom — both domestic and international — as well as matters of the culture and the American family.”
Mr. Wolf, a Republican, was first elected in 1980 and is the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation. He has been a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and over the last year has taken a particular interest in trying to find out more about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
His seat has changed over the years as the region has grown, moving further north and west. He won re-election last year with 58 percent of the vote, though Virginia’s political trends suggest that the seat could be competitive next year.