House Bleeds More Seniority After Andrews Resignation

Democrats are expected to retain his South Jersey seat.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) (2nd L) holds a news conference with fellow House Democratic leaders (L-R) Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center January 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Democratic leaders encouraged the incoming Republican majority to continue the previous Congress' policies of job and economic growth.
National Journal
Scott Bland
Feb. 4, 2014, 3:48 a.m.

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.

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