Rep. Steve Austria to Retire

December 31, 2011

By Abby Livingston and Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call

Rep. Steve Austria (R-Ohio) announced today he is retiring.

Austria is in his second term in Congress. But because of Ohio’s new district map, Austria was set to face fellow Republican Rep. Michael Turner in a tough Member-vs.-Member race in the redrawn southwestern Ohio 10th Congressional district. Ohio lost a seat in redistricting for the 2012 elections.

In a written statement from his campaign, Austria expressed “anger and frustration” with the new lines that essentially eliminated his district in its current form.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working on behalf of every one of my communities, both large and small, and regret that I will not be able to continue the work I have been truly committed to, due to the redrawing of the maps,” Austria said.

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