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(CNN) — Rep. Henry Waxman, a longtime Democrat from California, announced Thursday that he won’t seek re-election to a 21st term this November.

“In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress,” he said in a statement. “Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign. I will not seek reelection to the Congress and will leave after 40 years in office at the end of this year.”

Waxman, 74, becomes the seventh House Democrat to announce his retirement at the end of the current Congress, in addition to 10 House Republicans.

Democrats need to win back a challenging 17 House seats from the Republicans in November to grab control of the chamber. Most analysts believe they have little chance of reaching that goal.

While he denied that his decision came out of frustration with Congress, Waxman lamented the fierce partisanship on Capitol Hill and blasted tea party conservatives.

“There are elements of Congress today that I do not like. I abhor the extremism of the Tea Party Republicans,” he said. “I am embarrassed that the greatest legislative body in the world too often operates in a partisan intellectual vacuum, denying science, refusing to listen to experts, and ignoring facts.”

He also denied that he’s leaving because he thinks Democrats have no chance of retaking the House.

“The reason for my decision is simple. After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term commitment that’s required for real legislative success

Waxman represents California’s 33rd Congressional District, which covers part of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

First elected in the wake of Watergate, the congressman has become a close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. He currently serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

CNN’s Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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  • Becky

    The Democratic Politically Correct LIES catching up on you?
    Look at California IF you want to FACE Reality.
    From the L. A. Times
    1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2
    million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes.
    This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working
    without a green card.
    2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
    3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
    4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal
    alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
    5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are
    Mexican nationals here illegally.
    6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in
    7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are
    most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
    8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
    9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
    10. In L.. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million
    speak Spanish.. (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County .)
    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops,
    but 29% are on welfare.
    Over 70% of the United States annual population growth
    (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York)
    results from immigration.
    29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
    No wonder Pelosi wants Amnesty.

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