Rodney Alexander to retire from House

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) will retire at the end of his term, he announced Tuesday.

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His retirement opens up a safe Republican seat in Northeastern Louisiana.

First elected as a Democrat in 2002, he switched parties at the last moment to run as a Republican in 2004, angering some colleagues. He has since won reelection without a serious challenger from the left or the right, and took nearly 78 percent of the vote in 2012.

He told the Monroe News-Star that his choice not to pursue a seventh term was informed by a weariness with partisanship in Washington.

“I’ve represented the best people in the world; it’s been a privilege and I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “But I never wanted to be in Washington all my life.”