VA Rep. Frank Wolf will not run for re-election

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December 17, 2013

Virginia

By Megan Busse

Richmond, Virginia: Republican Representative Frank Wolf will not run for re-election to Virginia's 10th Congressional District seat in 2014. Wolf released a statement explaining what he plans to do in the future. He said, "As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Ronald Reagan, former Congressmen Jack Kemp and Tony Hall, Chuck Colson, and the life of 18th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce."[1]

Wolf, 74, has served 17 consecutive terms in office. His retirement could mean a possible Democratic takeover of the seat in 2014. Although Wolf has won easily in past elections, the district narrowly went to Romney in 2012 and Obama in 2008.[2] In light of Wolf's announcement, Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call, adjusted the race rating from Safe Republican to Lean Republican.[3]

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