Tis the season .. for retirement announcements in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 after serving 10 terms in Congress, citing a desire to spend time with his family. He made the announcement on his campaign website this afternoon.
"My professional life has taken me away from home often. In fact, in my 39 years of marriage to Kathy I have spent half of it on the road building a family business and the other half serving in the United States Congress," he wrote. "It is never a perfect time or a right time to step aside. But for me, this is the time."
Latham was the third member of Congress to announce his retirement on Tuesday, following Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Jim Matheson, D-Utah.
Latham's announcement brings the total number of House retirements announced this year to 10, with nine of those being by Republicans.
First published December 17 2013, 2:34 PM