GOP Va. Rep. Rigell retiring, giving Dems chance at seat

AP News
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 4:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three-term Republican congressman Scott Rigell (ridge-ul) of Virginia says he is retiring, relinquishing a seat that Democrats could win in this November's elections.

The 55-year-old Rigell was elected to his Virginia Beach district as part of the GOP's tea party class of 2010 that allowed Republicans to recapture control of the House.

Rigell has had a largely centrist record in Congress. He was among the 25 GOP lawmakers who voted last January against retaining John Boehner as House speaker.

The lawmaker says he is leaving after helping to check Democrats who controlled the White House and Congress in 2010 and curb federal spending.

Rigell's district voted narrowly for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.