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  Veteran Rep. Lewis [R-CA] to retire
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Last EditedRP  Jan 12, 2012 02:15pm
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News DateThursday, January 12, 2012 05:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, who has represented Inland Southern California in Washington for more than three decades and steered hundreds of millions in federal funds to the fast-changing region, announced Thursday he will step down from Congress at the end of the year.

“After months of consultation with loved ones and family, my wife Arlene and I have decided to retire from public life,” Lewis, R-Redlands said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to so many who have provided their support over the years. I have worked hard to justify that support. Thank you all and may God continue to bless America.”

Lewis, R-Redlands, becomes the latest in a string of senior California Republicans to announce their retirements in recent days, signaling major changes to the state’s congressional delegation. His announcement has significant implications on a pair of races for Inland House seats this fall and is certain to trigger a series of candidacy declarations in the hours and days to come.
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