House progressive leader Woolsey likely to announce retirement

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) is expected to announce her retirement next week after 10 terms in the House.

Woolsey, who was elected to the House in 1992, will say she won't run for reelection in 2012 at her Northern California home next Monday, The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources close to the congresswoman. 

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Woolsey spokesman Bart Acocella would not confirm that she is retiring, but told The Hill that "she will make an announcement on Monday about her future plans."

Woolsey's 6th congressional district is heavily Democratic — 76 percent of its voters backed Barack Obama for president in 2008 — and the seat is not expected to be a pickup opportunity for Republicans.

The 10-term lawmaker is known as one of the most liberal members of Congress; she has served as co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The Press Democrat reported that state Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D) and local political activist Norman Solomon intend to run should Woolsey retire.