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.
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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.

Josh Kraushaar contributed to this article.
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