Lynn Woolsey Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2012

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Lynn Woolsey Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2012, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., will not run for reelection next year, the ten-term congresswoman announced from her Petaluma home on Monday.

In prepared remarks, Woolsey looked back at her nearly two decades in the House, touting particularly her opposition to the war in Iraq as well as her work on local environmental issues.

“We haven’t won every battle over the years, but we have fought valiantly — always holding fast to our principles, never compromising our values. As much as we’ve accomplished, of course there are mountains we haven’t climbed, challenges still to be met,” said Woolsey. “But I will turn 75 years old just before the next Election Day, and after two decades of service to this district, it will be time for me to move on. And so, with enormous gratitude but not an ounce of regret, I am announcing that I will not run for re-election in 2012. I will retire at the end of my current term.”

The liberal Democrat had been eyeing retirement for some time, even confirming the rumors herself earlier this year and setting a self-imposed June deadline to make a decision.

Woolsey becomes the second incumbent to announce their retirement – although hers was less of a shock than Rep. Dan Boren’s, D-Okla., surprise announcement earlier this month. Twelve current representatives are seeking higher office in 2012.

The veteran lawmaker’s openness about her potential exit allowed several Democratic candidates to already begin lining up and raising money for the expected open seat. Assemblyman Jared Huffman and political activist Norman Solomon have formed campaign committees, and each have already raised over $100,000. Assemblyman Mike Thompson, state Sen. Noreen Evans and Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams could be other possible Democratic contenders. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., has also stoked speculation he could be pondering a run as well, especially after he moved to Marin County a few weeks ago.

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