Doc Hastings to retire from Congress

The Washington PostFebruary 13, 2014 

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced Thursday that he won't seek reelection in 2014.

"Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday, and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House," Hastings said in a statement.

Hastings joined Congress after winning in the GOP wave election in 1994.

His seat is considered likely to remain in GOP hands.

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