13-term Rep. Herger to announce retirement

AP News
Posted: Jan 10, 2012 1:38 PM
13-term Rep. Herger to announce retirement

A campaign consultant for Rep. Wally Herger of California says the 13-term congressman and senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee plans to announce his retirement.

Dave Gilliard said Tuesday that the 66-year-old Herger will not seek re-election so he can spend more time with his family.

Herger is the second California Republican to announce this week that he will retire. Rep. Elton Gallegly, who faced a tough re-election battle because of redistricting, also is bypassing another term.

Herger's district, which covers much of northern California, still leans Republican.

Herger is a conservative who serves as the chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee with jurisdiction over health issues, such as Medicare and provisions of the tax code pertaining to health care.