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Iowa Rep. Latham will not seek re-election

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December 18, 2013


By Jennifer Springer

Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Rep. Tom Latham (R) announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in 2014.[1][2] Latham sent an email to supporters announcing his plans not to run.[2]

"It is never a perfect time or a right time to step aside. But for me, this is the time. I want to share with you my decision that I will not be a candidate for any office in November of 2014."[2]

He was the third member of Congress to announce retirement plans on December 17. He joined Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Jim Matheson (D-UT).[1]

Latham's announcement came as a surprise to many. He faced a tough re-election in 2012 when he was redistricted into the 3rd District and faced former Rep. Leonard Boswell, the incumbent heading into the election.[2] Most recent, Latham was Gov. Terry Branstad's preference for the Republican Senate nomination in 2014.[3][2][1]

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