Rep. Barton Gordon of Tennessee to Retire

Blue Dog Congressman Barton "Bart" Gordon who represents the Sixth Congressional District in Tennessee that covers the north-central part of the state including some Nashville suburbs has decided to retire. Rep. Gordon has represented the TN-06 since 1985 succeeding Al Gore. The district has long been a Democratic one - only two Republicans have ever held the seat - and was once represented by former President James K. Polk.

The story in The Hill:

Democratic retirements are beginning to mount, after the announcement Monday that Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) will not seek reelection next year.

Gordon said in a statement that, after a quarter-century in Congress, it's time to retire.

"Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind," he said. "I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me.

"When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I'm one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren't even born when I took office. That tells me it's time for a new chapter."

Rep. Gordon becomes the fourth Democrat to call it quits.  Congressmen Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Brian Baird (D-Wash.) had previously announced their retirement in recent weeks.

Additionally, Congressman Neil Abercrombie who represents the First Congressional District in Hawaii announced Friday that he will resign early to run for governor. A special election will be held to fill the remainder of Rep. Abercrombie's term. More on this story from Politico.

Tags: 2010 Mid-Term Elections, Blue Dogs, Rep. Barton Gordon, TN-06, US House of Representatives (all tags)

Comments

13 Comments

Healthcare did this

The death of healthcare reform is likely causing these retirements.  

by Kent 2009-12-14 06:21AM | 0 recs
Gordon voted no on healthcare

by ND22 2009-12-14 06:34AM | 0 recs
which is one reason I don't care

that he's leaving.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-14 06:44AM | 0 recs
He does vote 97% with the Democrats

by ND22 2009-12-14 06:59AM | 0 recs
Re: He does vote 97% with the Democrats

He's with us on everything but healthcare!

And the war...

and the nevermind...

by vecky 2009-12-14 10:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare did this

Kent, you gotta quit with the hyperbole. Never mind that it is annoying but you're not doing yourself any favors.

by Charles Lemos 2009-12-14 07:17AM | 0 recs
are five retirements unusuals?

It's only 2% of the caucus.

Of course it is news, I don't mean to imply otherwise.

by John DE 2009-12-14 06:35AM | 0 recs
this district has a PVI of R+13

and according to Swing State Project, Obama got crushed here by 25 points, so it might have been a tough hold even without Gordon's retirement.

I don't want the DCCC to spend lots of resources in a district like this; we would be better off focusing on others more likely to be long-term holds.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-14 07:13AM | 0 recs
Sorta

flies in the face of the whole 50 state strategy thing, doesn't it?

by ND22 2009-12-14 08:28AM | 0 recs
I'm not saying don't recruit a candidate

but the DCCC doesn't have unlimited resources to spend in all these districts. We are better off playing for seats in PA or OH or IL, which we could probably hold for the long term, than a seat like this that is probably a lost cause.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-14 12:18PM | 0 recs
by desmoinesdem 2009-12-14 07:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Barton Gordon of Tennessee to Retire

This is now a solidly Republican district that Gordon has managed to hold on to for years at increasing difficulty.  I can imagine why he might want to move on at this point.  

He may have some personal reasons to move on, also.

by alhill 2009-12-14 07:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Barton Gordon of Tennessee to Retire

When Tanner announced he would not seek re-election, a good friend of mine, Roy Herron, decided to abandon his quest to be Governor, and seek Tanner's seat. One of THE finest men in public service any state could want representing it, as a Texan, I am jealous that Roy would be representing Tennessee and not my district in Dallas. Some states just have more luck than others, not that the two Senators from Tennessee currently in Washington are anything to be proud of.

by DallasDFW 2009-12-14 11:41AM | 0 recs

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