Departures from Congress in 2014
Before the upcoming November congressional elections, a number of representatives have decided to leave their legislative duties behind, either due to their health, personal preferences or scandals in 2014. Read more: Politics in 2014
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Rep. Ed Pastor
After 23 years in the House, Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.) announced Feb. 27 that he plans to retire at the end of his current term. First elected in 1991, Pastor became the state's first Hispanic representative. "It's been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress," Pastor said in a statement. "I think it's time for me to do something else."