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.

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