New York Democratic Congressman to Retire

Rep. Bill Owens will not run for re-election


Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of New York will not run for reelection in November, he announced on Tuesday—dealing another blow to the party's prospects of winning control of the House.

In the last two months, three Democrats — Owens, Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre — have announced their retirements from seats that could swing to Republicans. The GOP is trying to protect a 17-seat advantage in the House.