“After 35 years as a public servant, as Mayor of Alexandria, and for the past 23 as a member of the House of Representatives, it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge,” Moran said.
Moran represents a strong Democratic district that encompasses the inner suburbs of Washington, D.C., including Alexandria and Arlington. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will likely not have trouble holding the seat in 2014. (To see which other House members are leaving Congress, check out Roll Call’s Casualty List.)
But with Moran’s departure, the House does lose a member with deep ties to the institution. In his 23 years in office, he served all but two terms on the Appropriations Committee, and he’ll leave in December as the ranking Democrat on the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.
“My chosen role in the U.S. Congress has been an appropriator,” Moran said in his statement Wednesday.
The timing of Moran’s retirement announcement is significant in that respect: It comes just hours before the House is set to vote on a historic omnibus spending bill that could restore Congress’ power over the federal purse strings.