Republican Rep. John Campbell of California has announced he will not run for re-election next year and will retire at the end of the 113th Congress.
"At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time, elected politics," he said in a statement Thursday. "I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life," The Hill reports
He first made the announcement earlier in the day on the Hugh Hewitt radio show
, saying, "It’s never been about the power, the influence or the position for me. It’s been about serving, and it’s been about using the experience that I have, and whatever talents God gave me, to make a positive contribution."
First elected to represent his conservative-leaning Orange Country district in a 2005 special election, Campbell, 58, served as the chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.
Prior to his political career — he also served in the California legislature —Campbell was an automobile executive.
According to FlashReport's Jon Fleischman
, Republican California state Sen. Mimi Walters will run for Campbell's seat in 2014.
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