Longtime Democratic congressman to retire
October 26th, 2011
06:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Longtime Democratic congressman to retire

(CNN) - Rep. John Olver, D-Massachusetts, announced he will retire after serving out his 10th term in the House of Representatives in 2013.

"Last December, I announced that I intended to seek to continue my congressional service beyond 2012," Olver said in a statement on Wednesday. "Over the past six months, circumstances within my family have substantially changed, and I now find I must reconsider my earlier decision."

Olver represents the 1st Congressional District in Massachusetts and serves on the House Appropriations Committee, according to his website.

Before running for Congress, Olver worked as a chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • House of Representatives • Massachusetts
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. PA_outofwork

    Another Democrat that knows when the ship is sinking and it's time to getout, it's not the first, won't be the last.

    October 26, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Well, it's about time!!

    October 26, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. ED FL

    Looks like his family had time to count his ill gotten money and now they want to spend it. Massachusetts politicians are pretty shay people and need close supervision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Good riddens!! With John Olvers retirement, we have one less Liberal Democrap to worry about!

    October 26, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Lying communist (republican)

    I certainly hope all will be well with his family.

    October 26, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |