[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/27/art.linder0227.gi.jpg caption=" Georgia Republican John Linder, pictured here in a 2002 file photo, is the 7th House Republican to announce he will not be running for re-election in November."]
(CNN) - Republican Rep. John Linder of Georgia won't seek re-election in November's midterm election, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman said.
Linder made the announcement Saturday during a speech at the Gwinnett County Republican headquarters in his home state, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"It has been an honor to serve alongside John and his presence in the House will surely be missed," NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said in a statement.
Sessions added, "Above all, his service to the citizens of the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia was unmatched, and I am confident that voters in this ruby-red district will elect another capable Republican to continue supporting the conservative principles that John so passionately promoted."
A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Linder's decision to retire is another blow to House Republicans' aspirations in this midterm election year.
Linder and his fellow House Republicans who are not seeking re-election this year, are "not buying the hype from [House Minority Leader] John Boehner and the NRCC that House Republicans will somehow take back the House," DCCC national press secretary Ryan Rudominer said in a statement.
Linder is the 7th House Republican to announce that he will not seek re-election in November.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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