Rep. Todd Platts to step down after sixth term
January 17th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Todd Platts to step down after sixth term

(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."

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. independent

    We need more Congressman who believe in term limits to stay in office longer. :-)
    We need term limits, but it isn't going to happen all at once in Washington. It will happen state by state, ballot initiative by ballot initiative.

    January 17, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. gt

    term limits ....you bettcha... that what is need in washington

    January 17, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. petena

    He would have been booted out anyway. Better to quit than be throw out.

    January 17, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    Aww Schucks!

    January 17, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! Are you kidding me ? Or is this Just a political stunt ? or maybe this article is just a figment of my imagination ?

    ONLY 6 TERMS ?? W0W !

    Then why don't you talk to your "other" counterparts, Mr. Platts ? How about your friend in Ky ? How many Terms do you think he's going for ? 20 ? 30 ? How about your other buddy in Utah ?? Do you think Orrin Hatch will go for his 38th Term ?? How about your buddy in Virginia ? Do you suppose the "Eric Cantor" will go for ?? How many more there, Mr. Platt ?? How about Boehner in Ohio ?? How many Terms are the people in Ohio going to Re-elect him ??
    No wonder you guys are all pathetic.

    January 17, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Seattle Sue

    Rep. Platts knows there will be a big back lash against GOP/Tea Party this year.

    January 17, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Squigman

    Just another demented looking politician, getting ready to retire with the same pay as when he held office. Also, the benefits stay the same. Have you got the same deal ? If you did, it's a sure bet that congress has tried to take yours, and do all they could, to keep theirs. WAKE-UP.

    January 17, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Bill in Florida

    Wow, a Republican who keeps his word. Good for him.

    January 17, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Translation – the polls have said that my numbers are so low I couldn't get elected to Dog Catcher, thanks to the efforts of the Tea Party mooks who have taken over my Party.

    January 17, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Good. I hope a Democrat gets his seat. We need to get this country going and the Rethugs are not interested in anything but messing around with Obama. I cannot imagine how well this country would be if they had not spent the last 3 years standing in the way.

    January 17, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. m

    How honorable, he was probably going to lose in any case.

    January 17, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    We DO have term limits: It's called voting!

    And if more people took it seriously and actually STUDIED the issues and the candidates' real positions on them (what they've said and done in the past, not just what some Super PAC tells them in an ad), we wouldn't have a problem.

    January 18, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. BeverlyNC

    I imagine we will see most Republican Congressman not runnng for re-election, With an approval rating of 11%, Republicans who set a record of obstructionism know they will not have any support and will be defeated. We will be cleaning House of all Republicans and these not running know it. Republicans have betrayed the People and know they will be held accountable. No Republicans in 2012 and America will recover and thrive again.

    January 18, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  14. Codyk

    See ya! I hope more obstructionist follow his lead! Obama 2012!

    January 18, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Good riddance. He got enough time for his cushy tax-funded retirement. Give another money-grubber their chance.

    January 18, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Hey – here's a novel idea - maybe he can get a job as a lobbyist ..................

    Just saying.

    January 18, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  17. sick of republican phonies

    What a loss! Good ol' Ted Plotz- what a record of accomplishment he leaves with! A leader we have looked up to for inspiration and strength; a name, surely, that all of us will remember, for his many important actions in congress over more than a decade... things like... uh, like...well, he got himself a nice pension, anyhow.

    January 18, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |