11-term Rep. McKeon leaving, exodus continues

Amid smiles and tears, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., announces his intention to retire from Congress at the end of the year after eleven terms, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Joining an exodus from Congress by both Democrats and Republicans, veteran McKeon tearfully announced Thursday that he’s retiring after 21 years, stepping down as House Armed Services Committee chairman. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Joining an exodus from Congress by both Democrats and Republicans, veteran Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon tearfully announced Thursday that he’s retiring after 21 years, stepping down as House Armed Services Committee chairman.

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