U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, a Democrat representing New Jersey's 12th District, will not seek re-election to a ninth term in Congress, he announced Tuesday in an email to supporters.
Though he did not address future plans, Holt said he aims to finish out his term and will "work hard with the President and New Jersey's fine other members of the House and the Senate to continue to advance the public's interests."
"I ran for office because I believed that a representative can build confidence in our self-government by providing conscientious service so that every person knows that he or she has a voice and a stake in our country," Holt said. "After nearly two decades in public life, I believe these things even more strongly. I have been taught by the wisdom of my constituents and am as hopeful as ever about the strength of our community, constitution and country."
Holt, a former scientist and teacher, said he was proud of his time and record in Washington and attributed his decision to a variety of "personal and professional" reasons, all of which he said are "positive and optimistic."
"There is no hidden motive for my decision," Holt said. "As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career."
Holt was unsuccessful last year in his bid to secure his party's nomination in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left by the death of Frank Lautenberg. He finished third behind eventual winner and now U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone.
Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, a South Jersey Democrat, announced his intent to resign and rejoin the private sector. In November, U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, a South Jersey Republican, also noted that he would not be seeking re-election this fall.
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