Hoyer Statement on Retirement of Congressman Jim Matheson

For Immediate Release:

December 17, 2013

Contact:

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Congressman Jim Matheson (UT-04) announced he will not seek reelection:

"I am saddened that my good friend Rep. Jim Matheson has decided not to run for reelection next year.  Jim has brought to the House of Representatives the kind of thoughtful, responsible leadership that this country needs to see more often.  As a leader of the Blue Dogs, Jim has been a strong voice for moderate, pragmatic solutions.  He has advocated for his constituents in Utah, has always worked in a bipartisan way to get things done, and he has consistently spoken out for the need to get our nation on a fiscally sustainable path.  His departure will be a significant loss both for the United States Congress and for his constituents. 

"I look forward to continuing to work with Jim during the rest of the 113th Congress, and I wish him, Amy, and their family all the best in the future."

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