Henry Waxman, Key Democrat and Environmentalist Ally To Retire

"CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, a diminutive Democratic giant whose 40 years in the House produced some of the most important legislation of the era, announced Thursday that he would retire at the end of the year."

"Mr. Waxman, 74, joins a growing list of House members who are calling it quits, many in disappointment over the partisanship and ineffectiveness of a Congress that may end up as the least productive in history.

'It’s been frustrating because of the extremism of Tea Party Republicans,' Mr. Waxman said in an interview on Wednesday. 'Nothing seems to be happening.'"

Jonathan Weisman reports for the New York Times January 30, 2014.

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"Rep. Waxman Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Health Laws" (NPR)

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"With Waxman's Retirement, Environmental Groups Will Lose A Key Ally In The House" (Huffington Post)

"The Climate And Environmental Legacy Of Henry Waxman" (Climate Progress)

"Rep. Henry Waxman To Retire From Congress" (Los Angeles Times)

"Henry Waxman To Retire" (Politico)

Source: NY Times, 01/31/2014