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  Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers retires
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Last EditedBILLYW  Feb 10, 2010 11:10am
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AuthorChris Cillizza
News DateWednesday, February 10, 2010 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMichigan Rep. Vern Ehlers announced his retirement this morning, the 17th Republican to decide against seeking re-election to the next Congress.

"I don't want to stay in office so long that people will say you should have left five years ago," Ehlers said.

Extenuating circumstances likely played a role in Ehlers' decision. His wife, Johanna, suffered a heart attack last week and, on Tuesday, conservative state Rep. Justin Amash announced plans to primary the 76-year-old Ehlers.

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