Rep. Maurice Hinchey to step down after 10th term
January 18th, 2012
05:39 PM ET
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Rep. Maurice Hinchey to step down after 10th term

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York will not seek re-election in the U.S. House of Representatives, his office announced Wednesday.

The 10-term Congressman recently completed treament for colon cancer and has been declared cancer-free by doctors.

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Hinchey, 73, represents New York's 22nd Congressional District, which covers parts of eight counties from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes region.

The congressman serves as a senior member on the House Appropriations Committee and has focused on financial reform and renewable energy legislation in recent years.

Hinchey will formally announce his decision at an event in his district Thursday.

Ten House Democrats, including Hinchey, have announced plans to retire. Eight more are running for other offices, leaving a total of 18 open Democratic seats.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Excellent! Another rat from the sinking Democrat ship. And yet another open seat the Democrats will have to pump money in to reclaim as their own. Now where was that delusional statement from the earlier article about the Democrats being positioned to retake the House? Honestly, the leftists Democrats have spiked their kool-aide to dangerous levels!

    January 18, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Glad you;re cancer free I agree with you taking the time off after working all your life and spending some quality time with your family. My best wishes to you.

    January 18, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. mrt00

    Just need another 50 geezers from both parties to go.

    January 18, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. willie floyd

    With the Reps. that are now there the Dems. should have no problem replacing them with Dems. PLUS taking out a good number of Reps. in the process!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 18, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. diridi

    I don't care the party lines, we Americans need to Pass "Senate and Congress Term-Limits". Period, with Anti-Lobby Law. Then this nation is saved. If you have guts write to Congress and Senate. Stress on it.

    January 18, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Truman Guy

    Hey!! The guy is 73 yrs old and just survived Colon Cancer and has been there 20 years!! Don't you think his age and cancer ordeal would be the reason why he is retiring??? Sinking ship my foot. YOU would do the same thing.
    To some 20 years is too long anyway probably even for you. So he should be out of it while he can stil lenjoy the remaing 15 or so years of his life. He's got that FAT Congressioal pension and benefits pkg to keep fim andhis family secure.
    Why can't ANYBODy have a shred of common sense? Life is a non-partisan issue especailly quality and quantitiy of it.

    January 18, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Noodle Nose Johnson

    "Excellent! Another rat from the sinking Democrat ship."

    Truthy – you are a complete tool. I knew someone from the nutjob world would say that and thought it would be you.

    Just before this item on the ticker, Republican Rep Todd Platts mentioned he wouldn't be running again either. So your take on that is what exactly?

    January 18, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Art

    what a tremendous loss to NYS. I met Maurice and Phil Donohue in Woodstock at a screening of the movie 'Body of War'. If there were more people like Maurice in the House, we would not have suffered through the Iraq War.

    January 18, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    @Truth – 2012 Belongs to the Democrats – Our President is running and that means EVERYONE will get out there and VOTE!! Your party is in danger!!

    Obama and Democrats RULE in 2012!!

    January 18, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |