An era in local politics has come to an end.
Doc Hastings announced that he is retiring at the end of this year after ten terms representing our area in Washington, D.C..
Congressman Hastings said it's been an honor to represent Washington's 4th Congressional District, but now he has eight grandkids and turned 73 last Friday, and instead of traveling to Washington he wants to stay in this Washington.
In a news conference Hastings thanked his family and especially his wife Claire for supporting him in Congress for 20 years.
Hastings was elected to his first term in Congress in 1994.
He currently serves as the chairman of the House of Natural Resources Committee.
He said even though he is retiring he still has ten months in Congress and plans to be just as aggressive as ever during that time.
Congressmen Hastings wouldn't name any one person in particular who he hopes will take over when he is done serving.
He said that a senior member of the House once told him to be prepared for every legislative session to be different and he offers that advice to whomever is next in line.
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