Another House GOP retirement brings tally to 21

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Another House Republican is retiring.

House Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, of Washington state, said Thursday he will not seek a tenth term.

His plan to retire comes a day after another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., said he, too, would not run for another term.

Unlike Miller, whose re-election bid was considered the most threatened among House GOP incumbents, Hastings hails from a solid Republican district and would have likely won a new term in November.

Hastings, however, was facing the loss of his committee chairmanship in 2015, thanks to the GOP’s self-imposed term limits for those coveted positions.

Another soon-to-be-ousted chairman, Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., announced his retirement recently, in part because he is losing the gavel of the House Armed Services panel.

Hastings, 73, did not mention term limits for chairmanships as a reason.

He said in a statement he decided to retire in order to spend more time with his family, which includes eight grandchildren.

Hastings said he will also focus on “a number of community priorities,” in the coming years, but wasn’t specific about the projects.

Hastings was first elected in 1994. He has served in a prominent role on the House Rules Committee and was chairman of the House Ethics Committee when it investigated and punished then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

Republican retirements are stacking up.

So far, 21 Republican House lawmakers have retired or are seeking other offices, compared to 13 Democrats.

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Susan Ferrechio

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