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Examiner: Tom Davis To Announce Retirement

by @ 9:14 am on January 29, 2008. Filed under Tom Davis, Virginia, Virginia Politics

The Washington Examiner is reporting today that Congressman Tom Davis will announce his retirement this week:

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Influential Northern Virginia Rep. Tom Davis will announce his retirement from Congress this week, multiple political sources told The Examiner Monday.

Davis has decided not to seek an eighth term in office, five sources with ties to the Republican congressman or his political allies said. The decision was widely expected after Davis pulled out of a potential U.S. Senate campaign and his wife lost a re-election bid in a Fairfax County district with a similar growing Democratic lean last fall.

Davis’ spokesman Brian McNicoll said an announcement could come as early as Wednesday, but would not confirm Davis was retiring.

“We’ll all know one way or the other by the end of the week,” McNicoll said, noting that Davis traditionally kicks off his campaign in February.

But, as the Examiner notes, all the signs point toward Davis retiring, and the 11th District seat being open in November. We already know who the Democratic contenders are — Leslie Byrne and Gerry Connolly — the question is who will step up to the place for the Republicans.

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