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  Dennis Cardoza Makes Retirement Official
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 20, 2011 11:29am
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AuthorKyle Trygstad
News DateThursday, October 20, 2011 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCalifornia Rep. Dennis Cardoza announced today that he is retiring at the end of the 112th Congress.

The five-term Blue Dog Democrat's announcement came as no surprise. California's new independent redistricting commission placed him in the same Central Valley district as Rep. Jim Costa, his good friend and a fellow Blue Dog.

Further evidence came over the weekend when Cardoza reported raising just $23,000 in the third quarter. He spent $85,000 and had just $64,000 remaining in the bank at the end of September.

“I love the people of the Central Valley, and thank them for the confidence they have placed in me for over 20 years of elective office,” Cardoza said in a statement. “While I plan to retire from public service after this term in Congress, I will energetically continue my efforts to improve California as a private citizen.”

For Democrats, Cardoza’s exit clears a path for Costa in the redrawn 16th district and ensures an open 21st district, where highly touted state Sen. Michael Rubio (D) is running. Had Cardoza decided to run, Costa likely would have opted to run in the 21st.
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