Representative Henry Waxman (D-Cal), who has been in Congress for 20 terms, has announced his retirement. During his 40 years in office, he has given much of his attention to health care an environmental issues. Among his most notable actions was summoning tobacco company leaders to a hearing about the dangers of smoking, in 1994. Waxman's stated reasons for retiring do not include any political considerations, but instead a belief that a time has come for him "to move on".
Read more at the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Huff Post Politics, National Journal and The New York Times.
Obviously, rightwing nuts like myself will not miss Henry Waxman, although I will give this career politician credit for not becoming a lifetime politician. However, one possible replacement reported by the above-mentioned National Journal won't be much to our liking, either.