Seventy-seven-year-old Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., announced that he will retire at the end of his current term on Thursday, bringing the number of Republicans retiring from the House outright this cycle to five. National Journal's Shane Goldmacher:
Following the 2010 election when Republicans won back control of the House, Lewis competed for his old post as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee in a three-way race that included Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who won the post.
"Jerry Lewis is a steadfast public servant whose commitment to job creation and opportunity for California families and businesses empowered his accomplished congressional service," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions.
Lewis joins Reps. Herger, Gallegly, Steve Austria, R-Ohio, and Geoff Davis, R-Ky., on the list of House Republicans retiring outright. Six other Republicans are leaving the House to pursue other offices.
Lewis was elected to the House in 1978.
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