Congress

Three Congressmen Announce They Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2014

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)

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In a surprising day of congressional retirements, three House members announced separately on Tuesday that they would not seek reelection in 2014 — putting each of their seats in play for their rival parties.

The most significant departure came in Utah, where Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson said he would be vacating a conservative seat, almost certainly handing it to Republicans in next year's midterms. But Democrats got good news in Iowa, where GOP Rep. Tom Latham declared that he would be retiring from the swing district he's held for 10 terms, and in Virginia, where another veteran congressman, GOP Rep. Frank Wolf, announced that he wouldn't be running for reelection in an up-for-grabs district.