GOP Rep. Wally Herger to retire
January 10th, 2012
05:22 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP Rep. Wally Herger to retire

(CNN) - Republican Congressman Wally Herger of California announced Tuesday that he will retire from the House of Representatives at the end of his 13th term.

"I have been blessed with the privilege of serving my community, district, state and country for 35 years and being part of some of the most important events in our nation's history," Herger said, according to a released statement.

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He has served the 2nd District of California since 1986 and currently chairs the Health subcommittee of Ways and Means.

Herger, who became a member of the Tea Party Caucus in 2010, joins ten other GOP congressmen ending their House careers–seven of whom are seeking other offices with a total of 11 open Republican seats.

Republicans currently hold a 242-192 advantage in the House of Representatives. Democrats are battling to regain control of the chamber, but will need a net gain of 25 seats to do so.

A special election will be held in Oregon on January 31 to fill the 1st District seat of former Rep. David Wu, a Democrat who resigned in August 2011.

Nine House Democrats have announced plans to retire. Eight more are running for other offices, leaving a total of 17 open Democratic seats.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Blah blah blah rats yadda yadda sinkin' ship yammer yammer gettin while the gettin's good humminah humminah humminah...

    Yes, Teatrolls, that is how stupid you sound whenever there's an announcement like this about the Dems.

    January 10, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Good news.

    January 10, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Bill

    That's two GOP house members to announce in as many days. This will make all the easier to win the 25 seats needed for the Democrats to reclaim the chamber and restore sanity to our legislative process. Good bet that 60% or so of freshman tea baggers will not be back for a second term.

    January 10, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. diridi

    send some Honest young guys to politics, young are going to Business, law, Engineering, Medical, PA schools, not coming to the politics. Send them, Nation needs them to fix Tax system. With this Tax Code Fix, this debt is nothing. o.k, Lot of Big companies are not paying a dime on Taxes, folks are crying on Debt, debt, and Unemployment, etc., If Manufacturing and Agriculture is focused this is nothing.....God bless.

    January 10, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    joins ten other GOP congressmen ending their House careers–seven of whom are seeking other offices with a total of 11 open Republican seats.

    Nine House Democrats have announced plans to retire. Eight more are running for other offices, leaving a total of 17 open Democratic seats
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    Bill, can you PLEASE do some simple subtraction? Democrats still have 6 more open seats than the Republicans do. And a lot of the new House tea Party members will get even MORE support, not less, in 2012 because they did what was asked of them by the voters. They stopped the Obama and Democrat spending insanity. We plan on sending them even more reinforcements come Nov. 2012. Heck even Barney Frank's seat is in jeopardy!

    January 10, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Bill

    Hey Truth-
    I think you need to do the math. You are assuming all incumbents will win. Never going to happen.

    January 10, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |