February 11th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Florida GOP congressman to retire

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/11/art.diazbalart.file.gi.jpg caption="Florida Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart will retire at the end of the year, a senior GOP official tells CNN."]Washington (CNN) – Florida Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Republican who represented the Miami-area since 1993, will retire at the end of the year, a senior GOP official confirms to CNN.

Diaz-Balart will announce his decision during a noon news conference at the Florida International University's College of Law. The Republican easily won re-election in a district that Sen. John McCain carried by slightly more than 5,000 votes in the 2008 presidential election.

The congressman's office would not confirm his retirement. "All we can say is to be at the press conference today at noon," said Yanik Fenton, a spokeswoman for the congressman.

Diaz-Balart will be the third incumbent House member to announce retirement plans in the past 24 hours. On Wednesday, CNN confirmed that Rep. Diane Watson, D-California, will announce Thursday she has decided to forgo a reelection campaign.

Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Michigan, stated on Wednesday that he will leave at the conclusion of the 111th Congress.

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  1. Aspen Professor

    "Diaz-Balart will announce his decision during a noon news conference at the Florida International University's College of Law."

    This Republican from Florida has not said that he does not want to be linked with a Party that consistenly lies, reflects extreme arrogance, is in favor of off-shore nation building, and will do ANYTHING to prevent ANY bill that Obama will sign into law. Geez - did he forget the roaring hypocrisy shown by the Republicans?

    February 11, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    For whatever these "personal" reasons are, we do need to seriously clean our government's Houses! Anybody else ever consider why the general populaation Wants to Retire and these political addicts stay often until they DIE? Think it's the influence, money, Power, and Addictions to "Service", er Self-Service!

    If these elected officials were all so genuine about this service to America, then we must ASK WHY are average Americans of all "Classes" Suffering so very much? Something to Consider...Peace

    February 11, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    Good,this guy has saved Limbaugh millions and helped him hide his income from taxes in offshore accts.

    February 11, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    to: Sue – Right, ALL the republicans are retiring so they can spend time with their family and ALL the democrats are running scared because they know they'll lose... Suppose it would never occur to you (unless someone drummed it into your tiny brain) that some of the Republicans (the sane, civil ones) are retiring because they're sickened and disappointed by the direction the formerly intelligent GOP is going – Palin, dumb-ass Wilson, Steele, DeMint et al. I truly feel for the 'good' republicans who are being pushed out to make room for the wingnuts....

    February 11, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. lillacluvr

    Great, another one who uses 'for personal reasons' charade. That is code for I'm taking my pension, health care benefits and go looking for that higher-paying lobbyist job.

    Is that personal enough for you – you betcha!

    February 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Dan

    I love all the comments on here that the GOP is dying. It is a complete joke. The republicans and democrats are like an old married couple. They can't agree on much, but they need each other. The democrats need the republicans so they can pass the blame. The republicans do the same. They (Even individuals) use the exact same arguments. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi thought it was American to protest. In 2009, she said protesting was un-American. In 2005, the republicans were not listening to the people. In 2009, the democrats are not listening to the people. GIVE ME A BREAK!

    The Massachusetts election spoke volumes about what is going to happen in America. We are fed up with politicians from both parties. It's time to take back what is ours. No more "Kennedy" seats. It's time to hold all of the incumbents accountable for their votes. If we do, the incoming freshmen will behave better.

    The problem is...this would require people to read up on elections and the people who run for office. This is too much work for some americans so they (like good little sheep) just vote for the party. No wonder why we are becoming a third world country.

    February 11, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    Good! Another one thats been around to long and helped accomplish nothing! Need to clean house of these long time incumbents in both parties!

    February 11, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Beth

    I think all of these public servants realize there is no such thing as public service anymore and just decide to retire. We are so polarized as a nation, they can't get anything done for the citizens of this country.

    February 11, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. RTB

    Terrific, another anti-citizen pro-corporation republican out the door.

    Now if the good people of the Miami area can see clearly to elect a true Democrat.

    Let's hope we don't get another republican in democrat clothing like some of the others in congress who are holding back progress.

    February 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Traj

    I think they should all be limited to 6 yr terms.. Every one of them. That's plenty enough time to get rich off ignorant people who vote against their own interest for the party's sake. And that is exactly what the uneducated white people are doing (ie, tea baggers). One thing they totally forgot is that, rich white people hate poor white people (trash as they call them) more than they hate blacks, and mexicans put together. So keep on fighting to make them richer while your trailer needs improvements and they vote down every stimulus $$$ that would allow it to be upgraded...

    February 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. ramon leon broward

    finallyone less ultra conservative congressmanfrom florida.next should be his brotherandikleansross all of them should retire,they are only working for cuba,not for us interest.lets cleanhouse

    February 11, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Viet.Vet

    Another repub who probually wanted to help the citizens who elected him however, realizing that other member of his party are not concern about the citizens, only big doners and by any means necessary defeating anything the President put forward for the benefit of all americans.

    February 11, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. NC

    Some are retiring because they were actually asked to work the past year. Some are retiring because they know they will not be re-elected. Some are retiring because politics has become so dirty, demonizing people that really want Americans to live a better life. We really need term limits for Congress and the Senate. Hope and Change I Believe In.

    February 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. c spurgeon

    What did they do..all reach the time period where they can collect all retirement and medical for the rest of lives and then go out and get paid off to lobby or somethingh? Term limits with no long term benefits and medical is what we need. 6 years and then they go home and find some real jobs..Save the country money and their self respect.

    February 11, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. David

    I don't think people should read too much into whether the Congressman is part of the GOP or Dem party. What is telling is the number of Congressmen that are choosing to retire and try to take a look at why it's happening. I'm guessing their job satisfaction plummets when they are forced to vote only with their party rather than for what is good for their district or good for the country overall. Being in a job where you feel like you're not really doing the right thing sucks.

    Unfortunately, the people who will be willing to fill those vacant slots will be those willing to bend their moral compass for personal gain or gain for their party. That will result in more hyper-partisan behavior and we, as a country, will lose. Whether your GOP, Dem, Libertarian, Independent, or whatever, this trend is not something to celebrate.

    February 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Bill K NY

    Just because a Republican retires doesn't mean the seat will go to a Democrat. Democrats still have to win the seat based on their record and how the voters in the district feel about them.

    February 11, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    I actually agree with D.U.T.C.H (for once), all these retirements are unusual! We really don't know what is driving them. We can guess all day long, but we really don't know! November 2010 will be very nteresting for independents, GOP, and Dems!

    February 11, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Jack Fl

    Retire is something I do with my car every 75K miles

    February 11, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. ofc221

    Dems thing they know it all..He is my congressman and every-time he runs he wins every election with 85% of the vote...He has nver lost an election here..The only reason he is retiring is because he will announce he is running for Governor when Charlie Christ leaves to run for the Senate,..

    You all liberal democrats get all the info first before you talk crap.!!!!

    February 11, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. ofc221

    NO democrats will ever win in this district– Our district is a 99% Hispanic full of Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans...We never vote for a democrat on this district ever and we never will... Every Democrat has lost this district by huge margins...and another Republican will take over and thats for sure..

    We dont like socialist democrats here

    February 11, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. ofc221

    Trust me he is not going anywhere –oh yeah soon he will announce he is running for Governor of Florida....

    Hahahahahaha– I always vote for him and I will vote for him again...He is the best congresman,,and he has over 80% approval rating in out disctrict... No democrats will ever win here....

    February 11, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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