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Rep. Buck McKeon announces retirement

Congressman Howard Buck McKeon is seen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

January 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
After more than 20 years of representing California in Congress, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon announced Thursday that he will be retiring.

"I am announcing that I am not a candidate for Congress this year," McKeon tearfully said. "I will continue to finish my term. I will chairman this last year of the House Armed Services Committee, and we have a lot of work to do."

The 75-year-old Republican says his term-limited position as chairman was a factor in his decision to step down. He has represented California's 25th District since 1993.