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Herger To Announce Retirement

Updated 7:07 a.m.

Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., who has served in the House since 1987, will retire at the end of his current term, the Redding Record Searchlight reports.

Herger is 66 years old. He won reelection in the safely Republican second district, which includes Redding and Chico, in 2010 with 57 percent of the vote. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., won there with 55 percent of the vote in 2008. Following redistricting, Herger would be placed into the new first district, which is still a safe Republican seat.

Herger serves as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee's Health subcommittee, and has been an outspoken critic of President Obama's health care reform law.

The Flash Report blog reports that that Republican state Sen. Doug LaMalfa will run for Herger's seat, with the congressman's endorsement.

Herger is the fourth House Republican to retire outright this cycle, joining Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., Steve Austria, R-Ohio, and Geoff Davis, R-Ky. Six other Republicans are leaving the House to run for other offices.

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