Congressman David Camp (R-MI), current chair of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means has become the latest of a long line of veteran lawmakers retiring from Congress. In making the announcement Camp said, “Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration.” Under House Republican rules, Camp would likely have lost the chairmanship of the committee due to a self-impose 6 year limit.
Camp joins his counterpart, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) who left his role as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee earlier this year. Other veteran retirements include those of Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and Senator John Dingell (D-MI), all champions of either child welfare or health care through their careers.