ByÂ Sean Lengell-The Washington Times
Rep. Jerry Lewis, a conservative stalwart inCongressÂ for more than three decades and a former chairman of the powerfulÂ House Appropriations Committee, on Thursday became the third California Republican this year to announce his retirement.
Mr. Lewis, 77, who has represented the San Bernardino County area of Southern California since 1979, said he will serve out his term, which expires next January.
â€œAfter months of consultation with loved ones and family, my wifeÂ ArleneÂ and I have decided to retire from public life,â€ he said in a prepared statement. â€œWe are deeply grateful to so many who have provided their support over the years. I have worked hard to justify that support.â€
Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the NationalÂ Republican Congressional CommitteeÂ chairman, calledÂ Mr. LewisÂ â€œa steadfast public servant whose commitment to job creation and opportunity for California families and businesses empowered his accomplished congressional service.â€
Mr. LewisÂ is the third House Republican from California to retire this month.Â Rep. Wally Herger, a senior member of theÂ Ways and Means Committee, announced Tuesday he will step down next January after serving his 13th term. Last week,Â Rep. Elton GalleglyÂ said he wouldnâ€™t seek a 14th term.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/12/gop-rep-jerry-lewis-retire/
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