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Rep. Buck McKeon announces retirement

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Congressman Howard Buck McKeon is seen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Congressman Howard Buck McKeon is seen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (KABC Photo)

After more than 20 years of representing California in Congress, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon announced Thursday that he will be retiring.

"I am announcing that I am not a candidate for Congress this year," McKeon tearfully said. "I will continue to finish my term. I will chairman this last year of the House Armed Services Committee, and we have a lot of work to do."

The 75-year-old Republican says his term-limited position as chairman was a factor in his decision to step down. He has represented California's 25th District since 1993.

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