[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/05/art.delahunt.gi.jpg caption =" Congressman Delahunt is announcing his retirement."]
Washington (CNN) Massachusetts Rep. William Delahunt will announce Friday that he will not seek an eighth term, the 18th Democrat who has decided to leave the House at the close of the 111th Congress.
Delahunt's long-rumored decision to retire was first reported late Thursday evening by The Boston Globe , and subsequently confirmed by the senior senator from Massachusetts and the congressman's spokesman.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, released a statement praising his colleague shortly after the Globe story was posted on its Web site.
"This departure leaves a void because Bill Delahunt is an incredibly strong voice for Massachusetts in Washington," Kerry said in the statement.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/10/art.watson.file.gi.jpg caption=" Rep. Diane Watson will retire at the end of the year rather than run for re-election, three Democratic sources tell CNN."]Washington (CNN) - Rep. Diane Watson will retire at the end of the year rather than run for re-election, three Democratic sources tell CNN.
Watson, 76, represents California's 33rd congressional district, which includes parts West Los Angles and Culver City. The four-term congresswoman won a special election in 2001and re-election to full terms in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
The district is considered overwhelmingly Democratic. Watson has won at least 80 percent of the vote in each of her re-election contests. Barack Obama took the district by 75 points in the 2008 presidential election and John Kerry won the district by 67 points in the 2004 presidential contest.
Watson's congressional office tells CNN that the congresswoman has scheduled a news conference for Thursday, but would not confirm the retirement.