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Rep. Jerry Lewis to Retire

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:

"I will not seek reelection to the Congress in 2012. After months of consultation with loved ones and family, my wife Arlene and I have decided to retire from public life," Lewis said in a statement.

Lewis, a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the dean of the California delegation, was drawn into a less favorable district in 2012. He is the third California Republican to announce their retirement this week, following Reps. Wally Herger and Elton Gallegly.

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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