From the OC Politics Blog
Reported on Facebook just now via Allan Bartlett:
From OC Political: UPDATE 4:19 PM- Flash Report Editor Jon Fleischman just tweeted that he spoke with Senator Mimi Walters and she intends to seek the seat being vacated by Congressman Campbell in 2014.
From an OCGOP eMail at 4:55p:
Representative John Campbell (CA-45) to Retire from Congress in 2014
Washington – This evening, on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, U.S. Representative John Campbell announced his intention to retire from public service next year at the end of the 113th Congress.
Representative Campbell, first elected to the U.S. Congress in 2005 through a special election held to replace former Representative Christopher Cox, will have served five terms when he retires in 2014. Campbell, the Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, currently represents California’s 45th district.
Upon making his announcement, Representative Campbell authorized the following statement to be released immediately:
I have decided that I will not seek re-election to represent California’s 45th Congressional district in 2014. At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time, elected politics. I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life.
It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the district where my wife and I have raised our children. I look forward to continuing that representation for the balance of the 113th Congress. I have been blessed to have the unwavering support of my family, friends, and the residents of Orange County throughout these years, and for that I will remain forever grateful.
My passion for the conservative issues for which I have fought so vocally over that span has not waned. But in the future, I will continue the fight for more freedom and a less authoritarian government as a private citizen rather than elected official.
Drive fast and live free.
I remain respectfully,
Member of Congress