Rep. Doc Hastings says he'll retire after 20 years in Congress

McClatchy Washington BureauFebruary 13, 2014 

Endangered Species

Rep. Norman "Doc" Hastings, R-Wash., discusses a new report that proposes alterations to the 40-year-old Endangered Species Act, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Hastings led the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group, a panel of House Republicans who want the law to be administered by the states to balance wildlife protection with economic development. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

Washington state Republican Rep. Doc Hastings, who was elected to Congress in 1994, said today he will retire at the end of the year. Calling it a privilege to serve for two decades, he said: “It is with deep appreciation for that privilege that I announce that this will be my final term in office and that I will not run for reelection in November.” Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he planned to meet with reporters later today in Pasco, Wash., to discuss his decision.

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