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House Bleeds More Seniority After Andrews Resignation

Democrats are expected to retain his South Jersey seat.


Democratic Rep. Robert Andrews of New Jersey is expected to resign from Congress later this month.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., will resign later this month to take a job at a Philadelphia law firm, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday morning. It's another example—the third in just a few weeks—of a long-tenured member of Democratic leadership leaving the House of Representatives.

Just over a year ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had nominated Andrews to cochair the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which governs committee assignments. Andrews, who is in his 12th House term, has been the subject of a long-running ethics investigation in the House; once he leaves Congress, he will no longer be under the chamber's jurisdiction.


Local Democrats are expected to coalesce behind state Sen. Donald Norcross, the brother of powerful South Jersey Democrat George Norcross, as a successor to Andrews, according to a Democratic source familiar with the process.

Already in 2014, 20-term California Democratic Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman, the ranking members of two powerful House committees, have decided not to seek reelection. Like their seats, Andrews's is reliably Democratic-leaning.

Altogether, at least four of the 10 longest-serving members of this Congress will not be back in 2015. In addition to Miller and Waxman, fellow Democrat Edward Markey left last year to take up Massachusetts's vacant Senate seat, and Republican Rep. Bill Young died last October. In addition, 19-term Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall faces a tough reelection race in West Virginia this fall, and 22-term New York Rep. Charles Rangel faces a Democratic Party rematch with the man who nearly knocked him off last cycle. Another senior Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson—the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee—hasn't yet announced whether he'll run for a 13th term in his GOP-leaning seat in Minnesota.


Josh Kraushaar contributed to this article.

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