(CNN) - Republican Rep. Todd Platts announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives.
The six-term congressman from Pennsylvania said he will step down out of a firm belief in the "important of term limits," pointing to the 12-year limit legislation he has sponsored every year since winning election to the office in 2000.
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"Having known that I wanted to serve in Congress since age fourteen, it is difficult to imagine serving in any other capacity. However, I believe the time has come for me to do so," Platts said in a statement.
The congressman represents Pennsylvania's 19th Congressional District, which covers parts of Adams, Cumberland, and York counties.
Platts serves on three House committees, including the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Following his announcement Tuesday, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions said the 19th district is located in a region that traditionally sends Republicans to the House.
"I look forward to working with a candidate who will continue Todd's support for smaller government and individual liberty," Sessions said. "I wish he and his family all the best as they embrace the next phase of their lives."