By Kim Hart - 12/14/09 05:45 PM EST
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, will not seek reelection next year.
He's served on the committee since 1985 and became chairman in 2007. Gordon, who just turned 60, said he is leaving to spend more time with family.
“When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now I’m one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren’t even born when I took office. That tells me it’s time for a new chapter," he said.
Before leaving, he said he is committed to reauthorizing NASA and the America COMPETES Act, which in 2007 increased funding for math and science education and research..