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  Indiana: Veteran Rep. Dan Burton to Retire
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 31, 2012 12:04pm
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AuthorShira Toeplitz
News DateTuesday, January 31, 2012 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionUpdated 11:37 a.m. | Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) will retire this year after serving 15 terms in the House, according to Hoosier State sources.

Burton will announce his retirement on the state House floor, per state Sen. Mike Delph (R), a former Burton aide and one of the Congressman’s closest political allies in Indianapolis.

Burton’s departure will leave his redrawn central Indiana district open. The 5th district heavily favors the GOP, and several Republicans had already lined up to challenge Burton in the primary, including former Rep. David McIntosh, former U.S. attorney Susan Brooks, former Marion County Coroner John McGoff and attorney Jack Lugar.

In 2010, Burton garnered just 30 percent of the vote in the seven-way primary. For that reason and others — including changes to his district — Burton earned a spot on Roll Call’s Top 10 Most Vulnerable List in November.

Burton’s retirement marks the seventh House Republican to leave Congress at the end of this year without seeking another office, according to Roll Call’s Casualty List. Eleven House Democrats have also chosen to leave and not seek other office.

A Democrat, state Rep. Scott Reske, had announced his bid for the 5th district seat. But Republicans are expected to hold the seat in 2012.

Burton’s retirement news was first tweeted by the Indianapolis Star’s Mary Beth Schneider.
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