Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., announced he will not seek reelection in 2014, adding to the growing number of lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are stepping down from the gridlocked body.
The 10-term congressman is the 11th Republican to retire this year and the 18th congressional member to announce plans not to run for Congress in 2014.
“It is with deep appreciation for that privilege that I announce that this will be my final term in office and that I will not run for reelection in November,” Hastings said in a released statement Thursday. “Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House.”
Hastings, who serves as the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, is part of a growing number of GOP lawmakers who rode the wave of the 1994 Republican revolution into Congress to announce retirement.During his tenure, Hastings has established a strong relationship with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. During his time as chairman, Hastings has fought to grow the country’s economy by capitalizing on the country’s energy resources. He has pushed the Obama administration to more aggressively pursue offshore drilling reserves off the coasts of Virginia, Alaska, Maine and other states. He also leads the bipartisan Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus.
In 2003, Hastings helped pass the Citizens Soldier Act, which gives legal immigrants the opportunity to become citizens of the United States if they served in the military.
“Without question, my family weighed heavily in my decision,” Hastings says.
Hastings says he will serve out his term, but that he looks forward to spending more time with his wife and three children.