Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said she wont try to get re-elected in 2020.
Lowey, 82, has been in Congress since 1989. She represents New Yorks 17th District and previously represented the states 18th District. Before that, she represented the states 20th District.
Lowey, one of the oldest lawmakers in Congress, said she was retiring.
“It is my deep honor and privilege to serve my community and my country, and I will always be grateful to the people who have entrusted me to represent them,” she said in her announcement (pdf). “I am proud of the help my office has provided to thousands of constituents on matters ranging from health insurance and veterans benefits to Social Security and student loans.”
Among her most memorable achievements, Lower said, was the legislation that instituted a .08 blood alcohol level standard for enforcement for drunk driving; another she named was legislation that requires clear allergy information on food labels.
“I am honored that my colleagues in Congress elected me as the first Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and will fight vigorously for House Democratic priorities as I negotiate spending bills for fiscal years 2020 and 2021,” she wrote.
“I am especially thankful for the dedication and wisdom of my current and former staff in New York, in Washington, and on the House Appropriations Committee. Partnerships with countless advocates, leaders, and elected officials in New York and Washington have been invaluable. I look forward to more time with my husband Steve and our family, who have strongly supported my career in public service,” she continued.
“Thank you to the people of my district for the opportunity to serve. I will continue working as hard as ever—with the same optimism and energy—through the end of this term in Congress.”
Loweys district is a Democratic stronghold that supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Lowey ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in the 2018 midterms and beat challenger Joseph Ciardullo by over 145,000 votes in the general election. She ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections in 2016.
In 2014, Lowey faced a strong challenge from Republican Chris Day. She won with 54 percent of the vote.
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