Henry Waxman Calls It Quits
Loooong-time Calif. representative won't seek re-election
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 30, 2014 11:13 AM CST
In this July 30, 2009 file photo Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – California Rep. Henry Waxman will not run for re-election, he announced today, ending a House career that began way back in 1975. "Forty years have gone by very quickly," the LA Democrat tells the Washington Post. "I have a great deal of satisfaction with our legislative accomplishments. There's obviously more to be done, but I'm in good health, and my family is in good health. This is a good time to move on."

Waxman, 74, has been a driving force behind a host of landmark legislation, including the Clean Air Act and the Affordable Care Act. He also earned a reputation for his zealous investigations as House Oversight Chair, including hearings about tobacco industry marketing, steroids in sports, and the financial crisis. Fellow Californian George Miller—the only other remaining Democratic member elected in 1974, who is also retiring—once joked that Waxman's first name was "sonuvabitch," because legislators "kept asking, 'Do you know what that sonuvabitch Waxman wants now?'" the LA Times recalls.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Henry Waxman Calls It Quits is...
13%
5%
29%
51%
0%
2%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 50 comments
Knarf
Jan 31, 2014 8:08 PM CST
They're already talking about moving Sandy Fluke into Waxman's seat. I'm wondering about her qualifications as a politician. I hear she's just a shit disturber looking for a free ride from Obama just like most other politicians. If anyone can describe how to sneak into a political office with minimal effort, Obama sure can give her a guideline to follow. C'mon california, you've aleady had 40 years of the Waxman's jurisdiction and gotten nowhere, so, now you're getting the royal shoe-in with Fluke. Try to elect someone with a vision for the future and is educated on the US constitution but, watch our how you handle her. She almost caused the shutdown on Limbaugh. She could just as easily cause the state of fruits and nuts to totally collapse.
sunniladi
Jan 31, 2014 3:43 AM CST
just wondering which of his parents was a pig.... wouldn't you think he'd have had a nose job decades ago? oh well, just sayin'....
1freeusa
Jan 30, 2014 9:21 PM CST
This seems like the only way to get an incumbent out of office. american voters are to ignorant or to scared for a real change by voting other than the two (good cop/bad cop) parties.