Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. George Radanovich announced Tuesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term.
The California lawmaker said he will forego a run for a ninth term in the House to spend more time with his wife, Ethie, who has been fighting ovarian cancer for the past three years.
"During the past couple of months, Ethie and I have had deep and often emotional conversations giving thanks for our many blessings and setting our priorities as a couple and as parents," Randanovich said in a statement. "It was during these sessions that it became clear to me that the time has come for me to place my family first and my public service career second."
Randanovich is the 13th Republican congressman to announce plans to forgo a re-election bid in 2010, compared to 11 Democrats so far. He has already picked a successor to run for his seat – State Sen. Jeff Dunham, who Randanovich said has already agreed to run as the GOP candidate in the district.
Randanovich is the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and represents the 19th district in California, which includes parts of the cities of Fresno and Modesto and a portion of Yosemite National Park.