Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor, a Democrat, says will retire

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Posted: Feb 27, 2014 1:57 PM

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor, a Democrat who became the first Hispanic from Arizona elected to the U.S. Congress, will retire at the end of this term, his office said on Thursday.

"After 23 in Congress, I feel it's time for me to seek out a new endeavor," Pastor, whose term finishes in January, said in a statement. "It's been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it's time for me to do something else."

(Reporting by David Schwartz, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)